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Mrs. C. Rush Hamrick, Jr., Editor 
R. Hubbard Hamrick, Historian 



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Copyright 

First Edition 

1969 



Printed at Shelby, North Carolina - August, 1969 



Church Covenant 

Having been led as we believe by the spirit of 
God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; 
and, on the profession of our faith, having been 
baptized into the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the pres- 
ence of God, angels, and this assembly, most sol- 
emnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one 
another, as one body in Christ. 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy 
Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive 
for the advancement of this church in knowledge, 
holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and 
spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, dis- 
cipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and 
regularly to the support of the ministry, the ex- 
penses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the 
spread of the gospel through all nations. 

We also engage to maintain family and secret 
devotions; to religiously educate our children; to 
seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaint- 
ances; to walk circumspectly in the world, to be 
just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, 
and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all 
tattling, back-biting, and excessive anger; to ab- 
stain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks 
as beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to 
advance the kingdom of our Saviour. 

We further engage to watch over one another 
in brotherly love; to remember each other in pray- 
er; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to 
cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and court- 
esy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but al- 
ways ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the 
rules of our Saviour, to secure it without delay. 

And we moreover engage that when we remove 
from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite 
with some other church, where we can carry out 
the spirit of this covenant and the principles of 
God's word. 



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DEDICATED 

In Loving Memory 

To 

MRS. O. MAX GARDNER 

Shelby's beloved Mrs. O. Max Gardner, who died 
January 16, 1969 at the age of 83, was a lifelong 
member of First Baptist Church of Shelby and was 
the great-granddaughter of one of its founders and 
first pastor, the Rev. James Milton Webb. A woman 
of strong faith, she loved her church and its people 
and they, in turn, loved her. The areas of her beauti- 
ful life are defined in her religious, charitable, cultu- 
ral and educational endeavors which will endure for 
many generations. 




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PREFACE 

It is a difficult task, indeed,, to compile and edit 
an authentic history of so great a church as the First 
Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina. Rather it 
has been a labor of love for the enrichment we have 
received in our own associations with the church and 
its membership, and in the product we humbly sub- 
mit as the first history of this mighty institution. 

While the church dates back to that momentous 
day of June 19, 1847, it must be pointed out that 
there are no minutes up until the year 1871, thus a 
great portion of the very early activities and growth 
of the church can not be recorded. 

In other periods, from 1882 until 1895 and from 
September, 1929 until January of 1935, there are 
no church records to research since these ere pre- 
sumably lost. In many laborious efforts on the part 
of the church historian and the editor it has been 
possible to glean information from the Kings Moun- 
tain Associational minutes and Broad River Associa- 
tional minutes and many other sources so as not to 
interrupt the continuity and unfolding drama of this 
church. 

It has also been through the cooperation and as- 
sistance of many persons that we have been able to 
compile the historic information in the ensuing pages, 
gather it into book form, and distribute it near the 
122nd anniversary of the church. 

We make no claim at being trained historians 
and doubtless have violated some of the accepted 
canons of historical writing, but we believe few fact- 
ual errors will be found. We have meant to offer 
dates and events relative not only to the church's 
beginning but to Cleveland County and Shelby as 
well since all three were born within a six-year per- 
iod. It is hoped that those who are interested in his- 
tory will be able to use the book for references. 

Too, we have attempted to keep the history fact- 
ual and in doing so have not been able to oay recog- 



nition to so many members who have rightfully de- 
served a place in this history. It would have been on 
unwieldly list had we contrived to name all who have 
been active in various church phases, or who have 
given so generously of their time and money to the 
operation of the church, though this would have been 
our wish. We beg the understanding of the church 
membership in this connection. 

While we offer our sincere thanks to all who have 
helped in any way with this publication, we would 
like to remind you of the words of Edmund Burke 
who declared: 

"He who will not look into the past to 
see the way our forebears have travel- 
ed cannot with certainty interpret the 
present nor with clarity chart the fu- 
ture. 

Mrs. C. Rush Hamrick, Jr. 

Editor 

R. Hubbard Hamrick 





GRACE RUTLEDGE HAMRICK 



HUBBARD HAMRICK 



CONTENTS 

Pages 

Church Covenant 2 

Preface 5-6 

List of Pastors 8 

Pastor's Message 10-11 

General History 1 3-61 

Music Department and Educational Directors .... 62-75 

Sunday School 77-83 

Woman's Missionary Union 85-90 

Youth Directors 91-93 

Brotherhood 95-97 

Training Union 99 

Scouting 1 01 -04 

Pastors and Their Biographies 105-39 

Deacons 1 40-42 

Church Staff and Officers 144-45 

Picture Section 1 46-54 

Sources 1 55 

Church Roll 1 56-67 

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LIST OF PASTORS 

1847-1969 

JAMES MILTON WEBB 1847-1849 

M. C. BARNETTE 1 850, 1 866- 1 870 

WADE HILL 1851, 1860, 1872-75 

A. J. CANSLER 1853-1856 

THOMAS DIXON 1857-1859 

E. A. CRAWLEY 1861-1863, 1864-1865 

TILLMAN R. GAINES 1863-1864 

NEEDHAM B. COBB 1870-1872 

A. L. STOUGH 1 875-1 879 

J. A. WHITE 1880 

W. A. NELSON 1 880-1 883 

R. D. MALLARY 1 883, 1 885, 1 887 

W. B. BUSSEY 1884-1885 

W. H. STRICKLAND . ." 1885-1887 

J. M. McMANAWAY 1887-1890 

G. P. HAMRICK 1890-1892 

J. L. SPROLES 1 892- 1 894 

J. D. HUFHAM 1894-1896 

R. F. TREDWAY 1 897- 1 902 

W. D. HUBBARD 1903-1904 

M. E. PARRISH .1904-1908 

C. A. JENKINS 1908-191 1 

L. W. SWOPE ." 1912-1916 

LEE McBRIDE WHITE 1917-1918 

J. MARCUS KESTER 1919-1922 

ROBERT L. LEMONS 1 923- 1 925 

ZENO WALL 1 925- 1 948 

HARLAN HARRIS 1948-1853 

JOHN E. LAWRENCE 1 954- 1 964 

FORREST FEEZOR (Interim) 1964-1965 

JOSEPH T. McCLAI N .1 965- 1 968 

GENE L. WATTERSON 1 969- 




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PASTOR'S MESSAGE 

In this brilliantly written but all too brief history 
of the first 122 years of this great church, we are 
privileged to leave with our predecessors something 
of the trials and triumphs, the conflicts and con- 
quests that have brought us to this present moment. 
We sense the pulsing of energy, the thrust of growth, 
the tension of struggle, and the thrill of achievement. 
We are impressed also with the feeling of kinship for 
we are a part of the continuing history of a great 
congregation. 

It has been said that the past is but the pattern 
of the future. If this be true then we too shall have 
our times of testing. For us also, there will be mo- 
ments when the quality of our dedication to the Lord 
Christ is at issue. From this we do not shrink for the 
great God who has given victory to the efforts of 
others shall sustain us as well. 

In the continuum of the work and worship of this 
community of faith, we are mindful of the words of 
the writer of the book of Hebrews, "Wherefore, see- 
ing we also are compassed about with so great a 
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and 
the sand which does so easily beset us, and let us 
run with patience the race that is sat before us, look- 
ing unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith". 

As our forebearers endeavor to build a fellowship 
of believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, so 
shall we. In this task, our commitment is to "Trust 
in the Lord with all our hearts, lean not to our own 
understanding, in all our ways acknowledge Him 
and trust Him to direct our paths". 

Gene L. Watterson 



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REV. GENE L, WATTERSON 



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ARTIST'S SKETCH of Baptist Meeting House as recalled by Miss Ollie Hamrick, 
the church's oldest member at age 94. Erected in 1846, the building housed Shelby 
Baptist Church from 1847 until 1889. 




EARLY BAPTIST FAMILIES— Pictured on the corner of Washington and Warren 
streets as it appeared in 1891 are left to right, Lawson Blanton, Dora Hamrick (Mrs. 
W. H. Jennings), E. B. Lattimore, Hattie Lattimore (Mrs. W. B. Nix), Joe L. 
Suttle, Florence Doggett (Mrs. J. K. Cowan). Frame building in back was home of 
Ab Blanton which also housed a general store. Site is that of the present court 
house annex. 



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GENERAL HISTORY 

No one can deny that the dedicated men and women composing the 
membership of the First Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina have 
constituted its chief glory and distinction. This is dramatically true of that 
early group who initiated the movement to organize our church in June, 
1847, beginning almost simultaneously with the start of the county of 
Cleveland itself. 

In the unfolding drama of the 122 years of First Baptist Church, 
situated in the heart of the county seat, we find that this mighty agency 
of God, which began humbly in the midst of confusion and controversy, 
has grown incredibly in size, witness and ministry. Living faith, dauntless 
courage and invincible optimism have led its members from the first band 
of believers through today's modern worshippers, leaving in its wake near- 
ly one and a quarter centuries of progress. 

Cleveland County was founded in 1841, having been originally a 
part of Rutherford and Lincoln Counties. There was much discussion as 
to where the county seat would be located and there were proponents for 
two locations: one near the present Zion Baptist Church and the other 
near what is now the Cleveland County fairgrounds, which would have 
placed the town partly in Rutherford and partly in Lincoln. 

However, two far-sighted, civic-minded citizens, William Forbis and 
James Love, helped settle the controversy when they gave 40 acres and 
1 47 acres respectively for the town of Shelby. Forbis and his wife, Elizabeth, 
deeded the first 40 acres to the commissioners on which to locate the 
county seat in a deed drawn on June 18, 1841, recorded in Book A, page 
9, the deed reading "in consideration of the good will and attachment 
entertained toward the new county measures lately adopted by the legis- 
lature of our state." 

James Love and his wife, Susan, presented the county a site in what 
is now the heart of Shelby, composed of 147 acres of land, in a deed of 
conveyance dated August 1 1, 1841 and recorded in Book A, page 15. Re- 
questing the commission to locate the county seat "at some point not over 
four miles from Thomas Wilson's mineral springs," the Love gifts of land 
have created interest through the years since the court square was one 
of his parcels and, also, the provisions of his deed included one-acre lots 
facing each side of the town square which he gave to the following 
churches: Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian. The earlier 
Forbis deed did not stipulate how the land was to be used but was clearly 
a gift for the county seat. 

The Love parcels were a part of a 300-acre tract he purchased for 



$300 from Samuel Espey on June 2, 1840, the deed recorded in Book 44 
at page 45 in the Rutherford County courthouse, one year before Cleve- 
land county was formed. 

A careful comparison of the points of record in the James For- 
bis and James Love deeds to the John R. Logan map of 1850 of Shel- 
by indicated the 40 Forbis acres included the oldest portion of Sun- 
set cemetery, southward through Marion and Warren Streets — a tract 
lying almost directly west of the court square. Identification of the Forbis 
grant is difficult since it was marked by "a persimmon tree, post and red 
oaks." Nevertheless, the best of historians believe that the Forbis grant, 
combined with the 147 acres grant of James Love were the original tracts 
forming the town of Shelby. 

The larger donor, who must be remembered for his generosity, grant- 
ed the commissioners permission to sell at public auction the part of his 
gift which was not reeded for public buildings and the designated houses 
of worship. Commissioners sent to Lincolnton to get John Harry, a native 
of Maryland, as auctioneer to sell the approximately 141 acres not desig 
nated and, by the grand public sale in 1842, James Love created the 
background for the first real estate auction and boom in Shelby. Auction- 
eer Harry painted a glorious picture of Shelby, telling his bidders that- 
some day the city would possess a population of 500' The nearly $1 5,000 
brought by the sale was used to construct a log courthouse, a tight jail 
and a crude pcorhouse. 

It should be noted that James Love was a man of quiet dignity with 
a capacity for foresight and wisdom and his neighbors regarded his opinion 
highly, going to him for counsel and advice. He was owner of the only 
threshing machine in this part of the country which was used regularly 
by the community. He also owned and maintained on his farmlands 
the only harness shop in the county. Shelby's new elementary school lo- 
cated near old Zoar school in South Shelby and under construction in 
1969, is named the James Love school for this early benefactor. 

For the sake of interest as well as history, it may be noted that James 
Love, who was born January 6, 1796 and died November 15, 1878, is 
buried at Zoar Baptist Church and the tallest tombstone in the cemetery 
marks his grave. 

Though readily accepting the gift of land from Mr. Love, the com- 
missioners did not wholly acquiesce to his wishes. Instead, various lots 
were chosen and designated for each of the recipient churches. A lot 
on the south side of Warren Street at the intersection of DeKalb Street 
was specified for location of a Baptist Church. 

CHURCH SITE PURCHASED 

Baptists in the area had a mind of their own and declined the offer 
of land. Instead, they purchased the land where the present church build- 
ing stands. A lot 1 30 feet bv 1 30 feet was purchased from Richard Cham- 
Dion for the sum of $300, the deed dated June 8, 1846 and recorded in 
Book H. at page 368. For technical reasons this lot was conveyed to the 
church again on April 9, 1931 by deed recorded in Book 4-D on page 433. 



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The next acquisition of land was another lot conveyed to Shelby Bap- 
tist Church on North LaFayette Street just north of the original lot meas- 
uring 140 by 130 feet by deed dated April 25, 1904 and recorded in Book 
MM on page 527. These two lots make up the tract of land on which the 
auditorium and old education building are standing, the old education 
building now housing the church offices. 

In 1846 a public meeting house was constructed, mainly "by the 
efforts and liberality" of William Roberts, Dr. Thomas Williams and David 
Warlick, on the land purchased by the Baptists. Some of the early resi- 
dents of Shelby who belonged to other churches had much sport over the 
words "meeting house." The Rev. James M. Webb and the Rev. Drury 
Dobbins alternated at holding services in the building once a month. 

On March 20-21 of 1847, the local Baptists decided to organize their 
own church, the actual organization taking place on June 19, 1847. The 
two persons most instrumental in the organization were the two ministers, 
Rev. Webb and Rev. Dobbins, with the Rev. Webb serving as first pastor of 
the church. 

FIRST PASTOR 

The Rev. James Milton Webb, who was born October 7, 1802 and 
who died April 24, 1854, was a man of many talents and a character of 
prominence and outstanding ability. He was a minister of the gospel, 
clerk of Superior Court, a Representative in the North Carolina General 
Assembly from Rutherford county, a newspaper editor and publisher. He 
was described as the leading Baptist minister of his day. He combined 
his widely divergent occupations in a harmonious manner and there was 
one time in his career when he was a newspaper editor, minister and clerk 
of court at the same time. 

Twice married, he and his first wife, Kitty White, were parents of 10 
sons and three daughters and following her death he married Nancy 
Hampton, who bore him two sons and one daughter. 

As an evidence of the power of Rev. Webb's pulpit oratory, the fol- 
lowing incident has been handed down: two men of bad morals were one 
day talking rather slightly of the excitement in a large congregation the 
day before, produced by one of Webb's sermons. One said to the other, 
reproachfully, "I think I saw you crying." "Yes," was the reply, "but that 
man Webb can make the devil cry'" 

In person, Rev. Webb was six feet tall, slender and rather slovenly 
in his appearance. His nose was of the Grecian style, his long hair, eye- 
brows and eyelashes jet black and his eyes were dark of a penetrating 
brilliancy. In his two years as pastor, he more than doubled the mem- 
bership and inspired enthusiasm. 

DRURY DOBBINS 

Drury Dobbins was a leader in instigating the organization of the 
church but, unfortunately, he did not live to see his dream realized. Born 
just across the state line in Cherokee County, South Carolina on April 7, 
1776, Mr. Dobbins spent most of his life in North Carolina. As a youth, 



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he was a member of the State Line Baptist Church which was the pre- 
decessor of the present First Baptist Church of Grover, North Carolina. 
Later he served as pastor of the Sandy Run Baptist Church for approxi- 
mately 40 years and it is said he never received anything beyond a mere 
pittance. By hard labor on his farm, coupled with economy and frugality, 
he accumulated many of the good things of life to render him quite com- 
fortable and he dealt out many kindnesses to the poor. 

Personal drama was as integral a part of Mr. Dobbins' life as was 
the zeal with which he applied himself to the work of the Lord. During 
his pastorate at Sandy Run, he married Mrs. Hannah Sams, nee Hannah 
Callahan, who had been married before but whose husband had deserted 
her ten years previously. Her husband having been declared legally dead, 
Mrs. Callahan presumably had no qualms about a second marriage. 

However, soon after the wedding the first husband reappeared and 
declared his intentions of reclaiming his wife. It was the honorable and 
noble Mr. Dobbins who insisted that the choice of husband be left to the 
wife in question. This was agreed upon and she, understandably, chose 
Dobbins as her mate. They lived harmoniously together for many years, 
during which time a daughter was born to them and who married Richard 
Harrill. 

A shoemaker-farmer-preacher combination, Drury Dobbins worked 
with his own hands rather than become chargeable to the churches he 
served. He was described as having sparkling, black, penetrating eyes and 
bland, pleasant face, and exterior generally of a prepossessing nature. Ac- 
cording to the Broad River Association history, "his general outline or 
physique was a sufficient assurance to a close observer that he was no 
ordinary man, and his presence was felt and respected by all with whom 
he v/as associated." 

Leaving his imprint on Baptist work in Cleveland County, he was 
highly instrumental in formulating plans for the organization of the First 
Baptist Church of Shelby although he died exactly one month before the 
formal organization took place. He died on May 19, 1847, and was buried 
in the eastern edge of Rutherford County near the Baptist Church which 
bears his name. 

Rev. James M. Webb was appointed by the Broad River Association 
to preach Dobbins' funeral and it is recorded that thousands of people 
assembled around the stand in the grove for the service. It is said that 
no two men ever regarded each other with more excessive fondness than 
did those two stalwart Baptists, Webb and Dobbins. 

After singing and a prayer, Rev. Webb read his text: "My father, 
my father, the chariot of Israel and the horsemen thereof! and he saw 
him no more." — 2 Kings ii. 12. Think of such a man as Webb, with 
such a text as this, to preach the funeral of Drury Dobbins before the 
Broad River Association, of which he had been a member for 47 years — 
the guide of its counsels' 

He commenced his sermon by presenting a singular combination of 
the historical and textual parts of his discourse and proceeded to illus- 
trate his subject. The congregation was soon melted by his pathos and 



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the clearness of his thoughts and were prepared to weep tears like "dew 
drops" when the preacher turned half around from the book-board, threw 
himself a little back, raising his hands and his eyes, and in one of those 
exclamations for which he was inimitable, said: "Oh, Dobbins! dost thy 
sainted spirit this day witness our feeble efforts to honor thy sacred mem- 
ory? Art thou with the Man that returned and smote the waters of Jordan 
with the mantel, saying: 'Where is the Lord God of Elijah?' " Every spirit 
felt subdued before him, and for thirty minutes more he lifted them up 
or let them down, at his will. 

J. R. Logan wrote in the Association minutes: "Bro. Webb was at 
home on all such occasions as this, and really the character of his mind 
and of his feelings, the liveliness of his imagination, the symphony of 
his tones, combined with an easy deportment in the pulpit, rendered him 
irresistible." 

CHARTER MEMBERS 

Available records show that Shelby's First Baptist Church was launch 
ed with twenty-five charter members. Only seven of the members are 
listed in the record: J. R. Logan, William Roberts, David Warlick, Thomas 
Williams, Thomas Wilson, David Durham and W. H. Green. Logan, 
Roberts and Warlick served as the first deacons of the church and Wil- 
liams was the first church Clerk. 

Logan was a surveyor and plotted the uptown streets in Shelby, 
having been credited with foresight and praised more in recent years for 
the city's wide streets which have adapted to heavy automotive traffic. 
Logan was also known for his History of the Broad River and Kings Moun- 
tain Baptist Associations, as an early educator, legislator, farmer, and 
above all — a devoted church man. 

The first complete list of members to be found is dated February 1 1, 
1871 and shows a total of seventy-nine (79) members, 30 males and 49 
females. Since this was twenty-four years after organization of the church, 
it must be concluded that early growth was somewhat limited. 

The first complete membership of 1871 lists the following: 

Male members — Thomas Williams, Adam Spake, D. C. Webb, 
William Dellinger, W. P. Love, J. W. Sullivan, B. Waters, D. N. Durham, 
W. H. Durham, James Durham, S. J. Noggle, J. Jenkins, J. W. Spangler, 
T. N. Barnett, Noah Robbs, A. A. Wilson, Lee M. McAfee, Caleb Hobbs, 
T. W. Love, D. O. McBrayer, George Quinn, A. S. Gardner, Thomas Wilson, 
E. McBrayer, L. D. Webb, L N. Durham, John R. Logan, W. W. Green and 
John A. Parker, the last seven serving as deacons at that time. 

Female members were Eliza Webber, P. A. L. Williams, Cornelia 

Putnam, Eliza Irvine, D. C. Roberts, Sarah Spake, Eliza Wells, Martha 
Williams, Jane Bookout, Mary Lowery, F. A. Hoke, Sopia Wray, Ester S. 
Robbs, Julia McBrayer, Susan P. Love, Susan Smith, E. J. Sullivan, Eliza- 
beth White, Malinda Durham, N. V. Durham, Genelia Quinn, Eliza Webb, 
Narcissa Beam, Sarah Durham, Fannie J. Durham, Jane Harrell. 

Also, Charity Wilson, Emma Logan Herndon, E. Tidwell, Mary Dur- 
ham, Jane Gladden, Mary R. Hobbs, Olive McBrayer, Harrill M. Jenkins, 



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Martha Ezeil, Elirabeth Rcbbs, Mary S. Mettagg, J A. Hawkins, E\a 
Wilson, Roxannah Parker, A. L. Green, M. V. Parker, Mary Ann Wilson, 
E. J. Blanton, S. A. E. Hopper, Emily C. Logan, Sally Hoke, A. E. Dickson 
and Ida McAfee. 

BROAD RIVER -KINGS MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATIONS 

The church joined the Broad Ri\er Association in 1 S47 but changed 
in 1 S56 to the Kings Mountain Association which had been formed five 
years earlier. Associational harmony did not always prevail and the 
Shelby church withdrew from the Association in 1 858. One of the dele- 
gates told that the church had disregarded the advice of the Association 
by inviting into her pulpit a minister of another denomination. 

The difficulty between the Association and Shelby was afterwaras 
adjudicated and settled by a council of brethren from several of the chur- 
ches of the Broad River and Kings Mountain Associations. The council 
decided the church had acted properly and in no wise departed from the 
orthodox principles of the Gospel or principles of the Baptist denomination. 
However, feelings ran high at the church and at its next conference the 
prosecuting delegate was expelled from fellowship and the church applied 
for a letter of dismission, obtained it, and rejoined the Broad River Assoc- 
iation, believing, doubtless, that the church had been treated unbrotherly 
by the Kings Mountain body. The church asked for readmission to the 
Kings Mountain Association in 1871. 

The Kings Mountain Association was formed in convention at Double 
Springs Church on November 7, 1 851 by 13 churches which had been dis- 
missed from Broad River Association. This association includes the historic 
mountain peak where Col. Patrick Ferguson of the British Army encamped 
enroute to Charlotte on October 7, 1780, believing the site to be of such 
a defensive character that no foe could successfully assail him. He took 
possession of the little hill, called it Kings Mountain and said "he was the 
King, and that all the devils cut of hell could not dislodge him from a 
fortress so impregnable." He was, however, surrounded and pelted from 
every side of the mountain and it was here he lost his life and his entire 
army and military stores were captured, the result contributing largely to 
the cause of American independence. 

One of Cleveland County's most beloved ministers, the Rev. John W. 
Suttle, the "Little Preacher" as he was affectionately called, was Moder- 
ator of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association for 40 years, longer than 
any other person. Retiring in 1954 after more than 65 years as an active 
Baptist minister, Rev. Suttle had pastored 37 Baptist churches in North 
and South Carolina and for 28 years he had pastored from five to seven 
churches at one time. On his 80th birthday he was pastor of five churches. 
Rev. Suttle died July 27, 1 963, at the age of 91 and his widow, now age 91 , 
resides in Shelby. 

EARLY PRACTICES 

The church's pastors were not alone in their ups and downs. In ear'y 
years, they moved often because they were elected to serve only one year 



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at a time, a custom practiced until 1 5SC. After 1 SSC, pastors' terms were 
unlimited. 

One pastor was very strict in the rules of the church and refused to 
waiver these rules for anyone. At the height of the turning out of members 
for dancing, drinking or the like, he had incurred the ill will of many per- 
sons, and knowingly, offered his resignation in church conference to take 
place thirty days hence. However, feeling about him was running so high 
that a member arose, mcde the motion to make his resignation effective 
immediately. A second to the motion was received and the preacher sud- 
denly realized that he had just preached his last sermon at Shelby's First 
Baptist' 

Another pastor, the Rev. J. D. Hufham, is said to have been attending 
the Southern Baptist Convention in Washington, D. C. during his pastorate 
(1894-96) when he became ill. He immediately summoned a friend end 
asked to be taken back to Shelby to die because he knew if he died in 
Shelby he would go to Heaven but he didn't know where he'd go if he died 
in Washington. 

Pastor A. J. Cansler, who was of German descent, was reprimanded 
by the Kings Mountain Association because "like many of his ancestry he 
indulged too freely in the luxuries of the pipe." His fellow Baptists thought 
that ministers should be examples "for the greater the man, the greater 
the precedent . . . and we KNOW that the excessive use of tobacco is 



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Rev. Cansler was either the first or second newspaper publisher in 
Cleveland County, having started his Baptist denominational paper, "The 
Carolina Intelligencer", in 1554, published at a time when Baptists were 
having sharp differences on doctrinal matters. Another paper published in 
1 854 was called "Rip's Pop Gun" and was published by Frank Harley who 
was an itinerate printer who called himself Rip Van Winkle. Thf latter 
paper had no local names or news and was suspended soon for lack of 
funds. It has not been clearly established which of the two pcpe'S was 
published first nor how long Rev. Cansler's publication lasted. 

During the time of reconstruction and state of depression following 
the end of the Civil War in 1 565, it is known that some ministers did 
affiliate with the secret organization, the Ku Klux Klan, whose members 
had resolved to defend themselves against intolerable burdens, degradation 
by the Carpet-baggers and to mete out even-handed justice since they 
felt they had been let down by their government. It was felt that the min- 
isters and a great many good men identified themselves with t^e KKK 
to restrain the young and imprudent boys from the perpetration of crime 
against the people and government that now required their submission 
and allegiance. It is known that Rev. Tom Dixon, for example, was z 
chaplain in the KKK. 

Immediately after the war, about 150 Union soldiers came to Shelby 
and took possession of the court square, attempted to control the countv 
elections and to appoint many of the county officers. They remained in 
the county as late as 1 S72 and it was in that year that they succeeded in 
breaking up the annual meeting of the Kings Mountain Association which 



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was in session at Bethlehem Church. 

During a particularly trying period in the church's early years, a re- 
vival was held with a Reverend Jordan serving as visiting minister. A 
zealous man, Mr. Jordan gesticulated greatly and stomped mightily. One 
night while stomping to illustrate a strong point, he was astonished to 
have the floor fall through with him. 

Another tumultous crash in the church came in the midst of a ser- 
mon during World War I, on June 15, 1918, when nerves were on edge 
among the congregation. At the height of the preacher's sermon, bricks 
from the ceiling above came raining down and, mistaking the noise for a 
bomb, a stampede resulted among those present. Close examination later 
revealed that during the building period years before that time some 
bricks had been left on the rafters and they finally gave way. 

An early practice of the church which continued through the 1890s 
found male members sitting on the left side of the church and female 
members on the right side. Too, the big boys sat with their fathers while 
girls and smaller members of the family sat with their mothers. 

PASTOR'S PRODIGY 

A prodigy professor and Kenan Professor of Geology at the University 
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Collier Cobb, was the son of the Rev. 
Needham B. Cobb who past.ored First Baptist in 1870-72. While living 
in Shelby and attending First Baptist, Collier Cobb founded a newspaper, 
"The Shelby Home Journal" which he edited at age 9, writing all the 
news, selling advertising and made the engravings by carving on wooden 
blocks. He later produced a newspaper in Lincolnton and retired as a 
publisher at the age of 1 4 to go into teaching. 

After teaching at several North Carolina schools, he attended Wake 
Forest, the University of North Carolina and entered Harvard in 1886. 
He went to the University to teach in 1 892, serving 40 years on the faculty 
there, and was honored on the 100th anniversary of his birth, March 21, 
1962, by members of his family in Chapel Hill. One of the most prodig- 
ious of the child prodigies, he was regarded with respect by his geologist 
peers and revered by his students for his teaching, his wit and humor. 
This former member died at age 72 in 1943. 

DEBTS, SERVICES 

In the year 1871, the sum of $405 was subscribed for the pastor's 
annual salary, this amount raised to $457.60 in 1872. Early conferences 
which dictated church policy were held on Saturday nights, later moved 
to Friday nights and finally to Wednesday nights. 

In January, 1872, it was recommended that each member pay 20 
cents to state missions and it was ordered that a list be kept of those who 
paid and those who did not. In April, 1872, each male member was 
ordered to pay 50 cents to meet the present debt. 

Early indebtednesses of the church would today be considered very 
trivial sums but to early congregations these amounts loomed large. On 
November 1, 1872, the church was indebted in the amount of $20.33 to 
the following : D. N. Durham £r Co., for sundries, $1 ; W. A. Wray, $1 .55; 



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Webb & Jenkins, $5. 1 3; B. B. Babington & Son, $2, John Wilson (sexton' 
$2; John L. Moore, $1.65; and W. W. Green, $1 . Cash on hand at the 
same time was 1 5 cents' 

Minutes of 1 875 record that at that time the church was in debt $600 
for the pastor's salary and other church expenses and that to liquidate the 
indebtedness the 69 male members would be assessed the amount it was 
deemed they would be able to pay. 

Preaching services were held once monthly until 1876 when two ser- 
vices each month were scheduled, to be followed in 1884 by regular ser- 
vice each Sunday, a custom which has been followed since. A morning 
and an evening service on Sunday were first held in 1876. Because of 
overflow crowds which taxed the seating capacity of the auditorium, two 
morning services were initiated in the 1950s. These services were first 
held during the summer months only but became a regular practice in 
1967 under Dr. Joe McClain's ministry and the early service was cancel- 
led after his resignation. 

Early Sunday Schools began in 1864 under the leadership of G. M. 
Webb, son of the first pastor, and were held in afternoon sessions at the 

church, but "miracles were worked" 
in 1903 when Sunday School was 
changed to the morning hour with 283 
persons responding to the time change 
to mark the largest number ever to 
attend the Sabbath School up until 
this time. For a few years afterwards, 
classes were held during the winter 
months in the afternoons and during 
warm weather were held in the morn- 
ings. All classes have been held in 
the mornings since 1912. 

Only once has the normal routine 
of Sunday School been interrupted at 
First Baptist, and that being in August 
of 1948 during a dreadful polio epi- 
demic in the community when children 
were barred from meeting places and 
gatherings of any size During this 
period of quarantine, lessons were 
broadcast and a full program carried 
out by radio. 
Rev. G. M. Webb 

WEATHER 

Weather is mentioned several times throughout the minutes as being 
"so bitterly cold" that only a small portion of the membership was present. 
In the January 4, 1928 service, only 29 were present because of "bitter 
cold," but only twice has a service been cancelled due to the weather. 
During the building period in 1929 one service was cancelled on January 
13 because of the "cold high school building" where meetings were being 




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held while the church was being remodeled. An 1 1-inch snow on January 
1 7, 1965 caused services to be cancelled on that date. 

A deep snow in December, 1935, kept all but 15 from the December 
29 Sunday morning service and night services were cancelled. Records 
say those who attended despite the deep snow were Zeno Wall, assistant 
pastor H. C. Seefeldt, BTU director Wyan Washburn, assistant organist 
Mrs. A. C. Dellinger, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bridges, Polly and Betty Bridges, 
Loy Weaver, L. S. Cook, J. M. Greene, Kenneth Heffner, Mildred Harrell, 
Mrs. Charles Washburn, Virginia Washburn and B. S. Greene. 

Fifty persons were present for Sunday School and the morning service 
on February 16, 1969 when the heaviest snow storm in half a century 
struck this area, leaving 1 5 inches of snow. All classes met together and 
were taught by Mrs. Roland Leath and afterwards the morning address 
was delivered by Dr. Bruce Heilman, president of Meredith College. Dr. 
and Mrs. Heilman were caught in the storm en route to Shelby and 
slid down an embankment near Asheboro where they were delayed 
even further, arriving in Shelby at 5 a.m. on Sunday. 

BAPTISMS 

The first converts in the church were baptised in outdoor streams, 
but on July 16, 1871, Zulia Corbett had the unique distinction of being 
the first person baptized in the newly-built indoor baptistry when "a large 
and attentive congregation was present to witness it." Emma Eskridge, 
daughter of Miller and Molly Beam Eskridge, was first to be baptized in 
the new church on June 25, 1911. 

Many of the older members of the church recall the days when 
baptisms even in the indoor baptistries were not as comfortable as they 
are today with modern heat. Water in the outdoor streams was expected 
to be cold but once inside the church buildings the baptismal waters were 
not as chilly. However, on many occasions in colder months such devices 
as heated brick were used to warm the water and this method seemed to 
suffice unless the list of converts was large. 

SLAVE MEMBERS 

It may be noted here that the first twenty-four and one-half years 
of the church recorded slave and ex-slave members who occupied the 
balcony section of the church. The three former slaves of Thomas Wil- 
son were the last to leave the church and at the time they left they ex- 
plained that they felt they could do more good and feel more at home in 
a church of their own color. 

The three were Mary, Harriett and Margaret Wilson. They left the 
church on November 4, 1871, six years after the end of the Civil War. 

Baptist churches played a part in helping the colored people estab- 
lish their houses of worship, a committee having been appointed on color- 
ed people by the Baptist State Convention in 1866 just after cessation of 
the War Between the States and during the days of reconstruction. Com- 
mittee members reported they regretted they could not perform their duty 
more satisfactorily and resolved that each case must be decided on its own 
merits; to aid them by kind counsels and through other means as far as 



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practicable; persuade ihem to secure for themselves the benefits of an 
intelligent ministry; and that colored Sunday Schools be established wher- 
ever it is practicable with the white brethren and sisters to aid in conduct- 
ing and instructing in such Sunday schools if at all possible. 

As the colored churches were established, Baptist ministers were ask- 
ed to work among them, help educate them, distribute Bibles, and point 
out clear and concise doctrines among them. The Broad River Association 
history by J. R. Logan reads: "It is a commendable thing for the white 
race to aid them (Negroes) in the establishment of schools of a high 
order for the training of ministers to lead them from the sinks of super- 
stition and fanaticisms which we are glad to see is being done. We hope 
to see a continuance of the good work, and a corresponding improvement 
of the colored race, until it will no longer be said that negro meetings 
are nuisances. This will be soonest done by educating the negro race to 
meet the requirements of the times." 

In 1871, N. B. Cobb announced to the Broad River Association that 
colored Baptists of Cleveland and Gaston counties had asked for aid to 
organize a Missionary Association. Appointed to meet with them and 
aid in such organization were N. B. Cobb, Thomas Dixon, L. C. Ezell, 
J. R. Logan and T. H. Mullinax. 

RESOLUTIONS TO DECEASED 

It was a practice in early days of the church to enter into the confer- 
ence minutes resolutions to departed members, especially those whose 
personal participation and faith in the church had defined them as out- 
standing citizens. 

One of the most prominent and dedicated early families of the church 
was that of T. D. and Matilda Lattimore and their children: Dr. E. B. Latti- 
more, Stough, Josh, Nelson and Tom Lattimore, Mrs. W. B. Nix and Mrs. 
J. Y. I rvin. Stough, at age 1 8, met an accidental death by drowning and he 
was held in such high esteem by all who knew him that an eulogy by E. Y. 
Webb was recorded in the church minutes. A fine example of the author 
waxing eloquent on the death of a popular member, the eulogy reads as 
follows: 

"Our beloved brother, Stough Lattimore, whose sad death occurred 
on the 25th day of April, 1896, was born on September 6, 1877. He was 
the son of our brother T. D. Lattimore and sister Matilda and on the day 
of his death he was 1 8 years, 7 months and 1 9 days old; and though young 
in years his heart was ripe and ready for the Reaper. 

"On the 26th of April, 1891 he was baptized into this church, and 
since that time he has lived a beautiful, consistent christian life; perform- 
ing at all times for the church such duties as were placed upon him and al- 
ways serving his Master by kind words, example, and in every way his good 
heart prompted him to act. No eulogy at our hands is necessary to fix his 
virtues in the hearts of those who knew him. His own honest, guileness life 
wove itself into our heart-strings without any effort on his part - and when 
his death was announced, all hearts who loved him . . . and all loved him 
. . . were torn and lacerated and cast in gloom. We bless our Master for 



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the life of our dear young brother ... a young man who had no enemies, 
against whom no one could say ought; everybody's friend and to whom 
everybody was a friend. 

"The distinctive element in his life and character . . . and they are 
the noblest in the make-up of a man . . . were, unselfishness and fair- 
ness utterly without guile and devoid of malice. The words malice and envy 
did not appear anywhere in his lexicon of life. Unselfish! Yes; even to the 
sacrifice of his own sweet life; a fitting close for such a life that he laid it 
down to save his companion . . . greater love hath no man than this, 
and as the cruel waters enveloped him for last sleep he triumphed in the 
sacrifice even like the savior of men triumphed on Calvary: 

Whether on the cross uplifted high 

Or in the battles van 

The fittest place for man to die 

Is where he dies for man. 
"It seems to us finite beings who grieve for him that such a genteel 
sunshiny life should have had a less tragic close, but without murmuring, 
we remember that God doeth all things well, and paraphrasing a stanza of 
The Eternal Goodness, by Whittier, we have our feelings expressed: 

We long for household voices gone 

For vanished smiles we long 

But God hath led our dear one on 

And he can do no wrong. 
"In the church, on the playground, everywhere he was one of nature's 
young noblemen. With sympathies with the bereaved parents, he was their 
son but our Stough. And though it was just five years from the time he was 
buried in baptism to the time earth opened to receive him, it is a beautiful 
and consoling thought to his mother and father, that they had such a 
lovely flower to bloom on earth and so soon to be transplanted to adorn 
the garden of Paradise; and when his playmates, friends and brethren and 
sisters of this church shall, like him, sail to that shore whence no traveler 
returneth, they will find our bright sunny smiling leaning over the battle- 
ments of Heaven eagerly watching for their coming. Again we express our 
gratitude that we had such a life in our midst - a life brief, but noble ended 
only that he might join the choir invisible, who live again in lives made 
better by their presence. 

"In pulses stirred to generosity, in deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn 
of miserable aims which ends in self." 
Signed, E. Y. Webb. 

A hint of mystery in the eulogy prompted some research which turned 
up information that 73 years later the accident which took young Stough's 
life is still vividly recalled by at least two Shelby residents. v 

Miss Ollie Hamrick, who at age 94 is the oldest member of the church 
and whose 78 years of membership has been matched only by the late 
Dr. E. B. Lattimore, recalls that on that fateful day a group of young peo- 
ple went to Stice's Shoals on a church picnic and she remembers waving 
to them as they passed her house in buggies. Among the group, she recalls, 
were her sister Beuna Hamrick (Mrs. Orlando Bostic) and her brother, B. 



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Olan Hamrick, Mamie Cabaniss, Lillian McQueen, E. B. and Josh Latti 



more. 



Bloom Kendall, who was 93 in May, 1969, has even a clearer and 
more concise recollection of the incident since it was he who pulled the 
victim from the water 1 Mr. Kendall relates that four of the group were 
fishing - Stough, Harry Sullivan, R H. Morrison and himself, and they got 
into trouble as they fished around a rock and discovered a suckhole on one 
side. Mial and Fairly Tiddy, brothers, were also on the picnic and it is gen- 
erally believed that Mial had gotten into trouble around the rock and 
Stough had attempted to help him when he stepped into the suckhole and 
drowned. Mr. Kendall, lamenting "the sad occasion when we brought that 
body home", said they worked with him for half an hour but were never 
able to revive him. 

It may be pointed out that, as in the picnic group mentioned, mem- 
bers of all denominations gathered for social functions since the town was 
small and all age groups were friends. 

Shorter resolutions to the deceased were more typical, as in the one 
adopted August 30, 1872, following the death of Thomas Wilson which 
reads: "Whereas the Providence of Almighty God it has pleased Him to 
take from among us our much beloved and highly esteemed Brother and 
Deacon Thomas Wilson, one of the oldest and most consistent members of 
our church. Therefore, resolyed that we do and must lament his loss by 
our church and community, though we grieve not as those who have no 
hope believing that he has been taken to a mansion prepared for him in the 
church triumphant at the right hand of God, where pain and sorrow, suf- 
fering or death can never more trouble." 

"TURNING OUT" 

It was the practice of the church to act as mediator between members 
and even between churches and help settle their disputes before the days 
of Recorder's or District courts. Therefore, it became the practice of the 
church to turn out members for various reasons - among those being for 
the use of profane language, dancing, idolatry, drinking, gambling, covet- 
ousness, playing billiards, or missing three services without good reason 
. . . " and the like as found in Galatians, 5th Chapter." 

The last "turning out" was as late as regular church conference in 
December, 1921 when a member was asked to leave the church for viola- 
tion of the seventh commandment. In 1915, a woman v>as turned out be- 
cause the conference found she "was out of fellowship with the church 
and refused to affiliate with the church." A male member was turned out 
for owning a pool table. 

In 1870 the records show that one member asked for his letter be- 
cause he "couldn't get along with another member of the church and re- 
fused to associate with him." The church called the two together, helped 
them patch up their differences and both remained in good standing. To be 
reinstated after being turned out, the person had to ask forgiveness at a 
church conference and admit he had been wrong. 

Strict attendance rules were the order of the day and in 1872 it was 



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ordered that any member failing to attend the regular church conference 
was to send his excuse or attend at the next conference and render it him- 
self, and if he failed to attend the second time and render his excuse then 
the church would send for him, and deal with him even to exclusion if 
necessary. Any female member absenting or staying away from the public 
worship for six months was liable to censure by the church and "sent for 
to know the cause." 

At the June 1, 1878 church conference, two questions were pre- 
sented: Can a church compel its members to attend the conference on 
a week day — and can a church compel its members to attend divine ser- 
vices on Sunday? After some discussion, the answer was in the affirmative 
and afterwards the clerk was required to call the roll of all male members 
and make a report of all absentees. 

To deter gossip and idle talk, the conference of December, 1872, 
adopted the following: "That all matters of the business pertaining to the 
church shall not be made public, or spoken of before the world lest sin- 
ners should stumble over the infirmities of the Saints and the cause of 
God be dishonored." 

The temperance question had brought about some ill will among 
Baptists during this era and caused tempers to flare. It was on February 
2, 1881 that the following resolution was read and adopted: 

"The Baptist Church numbering 202 members and the congregation 
worshipping with said church desiring to promote the public welfare in 
every legitimate way possible and being convinced that the use of alcohol 
and drinks is the worst form of evil against which the gospel has to con- 
tend now adopt the following — 

"Resolved: first, that the prohibition or temperance movement has 
nothing to do with party politics but that it is strictly a moral and religious 
question. We as a church claim the right of petition and therefore re- 
spectfully urge upon our Representatives in the present Legislature, Hon. 
Jasper Stowe, Senator, and Hon. J. Y. Hamrick, representative of Cleve- 
land County, to use their influence in securing the passage of a strictly 
prohibitory liquor law for the state of N. C. without submitting it to the 
popular vote, Resolved; second, that in case of failure to pass such a law 
that the present prohibition for the town of Shelby be left unrepealed as 
we greatly prefer local prohibition to no prohibition. Resolved: third, that 
a copy of this proceeding be spread upon our church record book and that 
copy be also sent both to our senator and representative with the earnest 
prayer that they do all in their borders of our state." 

In regular conference on September 29, 1909, the following resolu- 
tion against dancing was, after prolonged discussion, adopted by a vote 
of 79 for and five against; "Resolved, that inasmuch as dancing is re- 
garded by the church as out of harmony with the teachings of the Scrip- 
tures, and as opposed to the spirit of Christianity, and withal, as injurious 
to the persons participating in it, and hurtful to the influence of the 
church, any member who engages in dancing shall by that act forfeit 
membership in this church." The resolution was "discussed and spoken 
to" by C. A. Jenkins, Rev. C. J. Woodson, Brethern William Archer, A. H. 



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Webb, George L. English, M. N. Hamrick, H. D. Wilson, J. W. Hopper, 
J. C. Beam, J. S. Wray and J. H. Quinn. 

1909 RESOLUTIONS 

At a called conference on October 20, 1909 the pastor and deacons 
offered the following resolutions which were adopted by the conference 
after a lengthy discussion: 

1 ) Resolved, that this church will expect each member to contribute 
steadily to its support, according to his ability, as God has prospered him. 
Failure to use a part of one's means to support the church will subject 
the offender to discipline, but in the judgment of the church this resolu- 
tion does not apply to persons who are unable to contribute. 

2) Resolved, that this church will contribute steadily to the objects 
of benevolence approved of, and supported by the Association to which 
the church belongs. 

3) Resolved, that the habitual use of intoxicating drinks as a bever- 
age, and also the manufacture and sale of the same, for such a use are 
contrary to Christian morality, and the person so using, making or selling, 
are subject to the discipline of the church. 

4) Resolved, that all members whose lives are so conspiciously world- 
ly and whose conduct is so clearly unchristian or to bring reproach on the 
(church) cause of Christ, and even to discredit their regeneration, shall 

be subject to discipline of the church. 

5) Resolved, that the church condemns with great emphasis the prac- 
tice of members attending theatres or any place of low amusement so in- 
consistent with a christian profession, that this resolution in no way shall 
condemn lectures, musicals or any clean and uplifting entertainment. 

6) Resolved, that any member who is found guilty of dishonesty, 
gambling (whether by dice, cards, games of chance or otherwise) or fails 
to make due efforts to meet his just debts, shall be subject to the discipline 
of the church. 

7) Resolved, that card playing involving money or prizes, such as 
progressive euchre, and bridge or other games of cards played for gain, 
shall be considered as gambling and such shall subject the offender to 
the discipline of the church. 

8) Resolved, that all members are earnestly requested not to provide 
for, take part in, or by any means encourage card playing, even when 
there are no stakes, but in all consistent ways to discourage the same, as 
harmful to Godliness in their associations and tendancies. 

9) Resolved, that any member found guilty of profane swearing shall 
be subject to the discipline of the Church. 

10) Resolved, that any member found guilty of immorality shall for- 
feit membership, and be excluded as soon as proof is shown. 

1 1 ) Resolved, that no member shall refuse to be on speaking terms 
with any other member. That members feeling agrieved shall seek recon- 
ciliation according to our Lord's instruction in Matthew 18: 15-17. That 
in case of failure on the part of the offended member to pursue the course 
laid down in the aforesaid Scripture the church shall take the necessary 



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steps towards reconciliation. 

12) Resolved, that any member who habitually neglects the services 
of the church, without just cause, shali be subject to discipline. 

. In a special conference on November 29, 191 1, O. M. Mull offered 
a resolution letting up somewhat on the severity of the rule regarding 
dancing and his new resolution was adopted in a 23 to 2 vote that "any 
member who engages in dancing shall be subject to the discipline of this 
church." The former rule ordered anyone who engaged in dancing to 
forfeit his membership. 

Also adopted at the same conference was: "Resolved that in cases 
of un-christian conduct, where we have no rule of discipline and the of- 
fending member shall thereunder be subject to the discipline of the 
church; and that all rules for discipline must be based upon the Bible." 

PROPERTY VALUES 

The value of the church property in 1900 was listed at $7,000. The 
total contributions in 1897 were $1,061 with the year 1900 a more af- 
fluent year, apparently, since in that year the church gave $60 to foreign 
missions and pledged $25 to the Baptist Orphanage. Church records in 
1876 reveal that members were "canvassed" for missions after a goal 
had been set for $50. 

In regular conference on March 3, 1897 a system for raising money 
for church expenses was adopted consisting of small printed slips on which 
each member was requested to sign an agreement to pay a certain amount 
each week. A committee appointed to circulate the slips and to secure the 
amounts was composed of J. A. L. Wray, Dr. Victor McBrayer, C. M. Lat- 
timore and E. Y. Webb. 

On November 6, 1897 in a Wednesday night business session, it was 
voted to devote certain months to raise pledges: November would be for 
Orphanages; December, State Missions, February, Foreign Missions; 
March, Home Missions; June, Education; and August, Ministerial Relief. 

A resolution in church conference on September 1, 1897 resolved 
that members of the church were not eligible for letters of dismission to 
join another church until pledges for current expenses were met. Also, the 
pastor, Rev. R. F. Tredway, entered a resolution stating: "God in his mercy 
has set aside one day out of seven for man to rest and worship him. This 
day is abused by the world and the church by Sunday driving, visiting, 
neglect of worship and the running of Sunday excursions." He begged 
his members to refrain from and be against these practices. 

In July of 1902 the church found it necessary to erect a fence (strand 
of wire) around the church yard in order to keep out stray cows and horses. 
In that same year the first street lights were placed in front of the church. 
It was not until the year 1916 that the streets in front of the church were 
paved, this being accomplished during the term of Mayor T. W. Hamrick, 
a jeweler, who led in the issuance of a $40,000 bond issue for further 
paving of streets. Deacons recommended on May 11, 1927 that streets 
on the south and east sides of the church be paved. 

Curbing around the church had already been accomplished as early 



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as January, 1 S80 under a committee composed of J. C. Beam, A. Green 
and D. B. F. Suttle. At a call meeting on August 30, 1908, it was decided 
to pave the sidewalks of the church property as per agreement offered 
by the town to pay half the expense. 

THIRD CHURCH 

The first church building, a wooden structure painted white with a 
seating capacity of 200 and an additional 50 in the balcony, sufficed 
for approximately forty years after which it was decided f o build a com- 
pletely new edifice. This second building was completed in 1889 at a 
total cost of $6,000. This building was not destined for long use, partially 
because of extremely poor construction. It is noted in the records that the 
windows did nor fit, the chimney did not draw properly and other construc- 
tion details left much to be desired. Trouble concerning adequate heat 
in the winter is mentioned often in the minutes with committees frequently 
appointed to see that smoke is stopped or the heater inspected. Collec- 
tions were often taken to heat the church. 

By the year 1900 the second church building, barely 10 years old, 
had become a real problem. Minutes of the July 4, 1900 conference 
heard a committee report that with two more registers the church could 
be made comfortable. On November 7, 1900 the conference decided "not 
to repair the generator at present and use the lamp." Finally, on May 14, 
1905 the committee on church building reported and recommended a 
church to cost no less than $15,000 be built provided that amount of 
money could be raised by subscription. Thus the momentum for a third 
church building was begun although it was about five years later before 
actual construction got underway. 

The third building for First Baptist Church (renamed in 1908 from 
Shelby Baptist Church) was erected in 1910-1 1. Both the church audi- 
torium and the Sunday School wing were on the site of the present audi- 
torium. A sliding panel was used to separate the two divisions and several 
rooms in the basement were also utilized as Sunday School rooms. During 
construction of this building, members worshipped in the auditorium of 
the Shelby Graded School and the Court House. 

The new building was voted on at a November 14, 1909 conference 
when the following committee was appointed to solicit funds and serve 
as a building committee: J. L. Webb, chairman; O. M. Mull, secretary; 
E. Y.Webb, C. C. Blanton, George Blanton, M. N. Hamrick, L. S. Hamnck. 
B. T. Falls, H. D. Wilson, Marion Putnam, J L. Suttle, A. H. Webb, J. J. 
McMurry, M. A. Grigg, E. M. Beam, A. P. Weathers, J. T. Bowman, W. B. 
Nix, T. D. Lattimore, J. H. Quinn, J. R. Dover, Rev. C. A. Jenkins, Paul 
Webb and George R. English. An active sub-committee assisting in so- 
liciting funds was headed by Miss Selma Webb. 

In a church conference January 10, 1910, a resolution was adopted 
to proceed with the building and announcement was made from the com- 
mittee that $28,350 had been raised toward its construction. 

Special timbers were required for construction of the present audi- 
torium. The large overhead beams, sleepers and sills had to be cut from 



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Second Church building (1889-1910) showing first parsonage at left. 



special trees that were extra large. These special trees were found and cut 
from the land of C. C. Hamrick and sawed by J. A. Wilson. 

First service held in the third church building was on June 25, 1911. 
The church's tall spires, thin windows, soaring arches and buttresses give 
it a Gothic air though architects quibble over whether it's French, Eng- 



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fish or Italian Gothic. The mighty church, however, has characteristics 
of all three. 

General contract for the building went to W. Lee Harbin of Lexington 
for $25,885 and architects were Wheeler and Stern of Charlotte, who were 
paid $1,250. Pews were purchased from American Seating Company of 
Chicago at $2,200; heating, $1,300 from American Machine and Manu- 
facturing Company of Charlotte; lighting, $477 from Home and Brannon 
of Philadelphia; pipe organ from M. P. Moeller of Hagerstown, Md., 
plumbing, $100 from J. G. Dudley; carpeting, $600, from Parker-Gardner 
of Charlotte. J. Gilmer Korner of Kernersville was awarded the contract 
for decorating the church walls, parlor and pastor's study at $800. 

Cost of this building was approximately $30,000 and the stained 
glass windows in the auditorium were bought for $1,300 from George 
Hardy Payne of Patterson, N. J. 

The pipe organ was first used on September 6, 1911 and was installed 
at a cost of $2,500 with Charles C. Blanton of Shelby and Andrew Car- 
negie, a great promoter of learning and philanthropist of New York, each 
paying one-half of the installation cost. 

The first notice of ushers being elected was on June 30, 1909 when 
the following were elected for two-year terms; Charles W. Washburn, 
Logan McBrayer, S. A. McMurry, Fuller Hamrick, Dewitt Quinn, Ben 
Suttle, Willie McBrayer and John Nix. S. A. McMurry was named chair- 
man. Earlier minutes noted election of a chief usher only. 

1928 BUILDING PROGRAM 

The church outgrew the auditorium and educational equipment from 
the 1910-11 construction and in 1928 another building program was 
launched. A committee of 100 was named to proceed with building plans 
for an educational building and remodeling of the church auditorium. 
After Dr. Zeno Wall announced on January 1, 1928 that Charles C. 
Blanton would chairman the building committee and Forest Eskridge 
would head the building fund, he delivered a powerful sermon on "Going 
Forward." 

J. A. Gardner & Co. of Charlotte was awarded the building contract at 
$69,430 with the heating contract going to Charles W. Christian for 
$3,444. Hugh White was the architect. Actual cost of the educational 
building came to $84,167.74; equipment, $6,043; and cost of remodeling 
and enlarging the auditorium, $42,801.33. 

On Easter Sunday, March 31, 1929, the congregation began worship- 
ping in the new buildings with 1,203 attending classes in the new educa- 
tional building and Dr. Zeno Wall delivering his message "Christ's Resur- 
rection Message" to an approximated audience of over 1,200 in the new 
auditorium. 

The church auditorium was expanded to 65 by 120 feet and was said 
at the time to be the largest church auditorium on a single floor among 
the Baptist churches of North Carolina. 

On June 13, 1943, dedicatory services were held in the beautiful 
church plant which had again undergone renovation and extensive redecor- 



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ation. Dr. Charles H. Durham preached the dedicatory service and at the 
evening hour the fund note was burned. A revival the following week over 
which Dr. Durham presided brought 40 additions to the church. 

The church plant at this time represented a total cost of $225,000 
and had the reputation of being one of the strongest and most progressive 
churches in North Carolina. 

In 1956 the church auditorium was air conditioned at the cost of 
$22,000 and further remodeling and repair came to an additional 
$74,718.50. This latest renovation included a new roof, baptistry and 
paneling, wiring, carpet, furniture repair, air conditioning of offices, heat 
change and plastering. The stained glass windows were repaired at another 
cost of $2,500. 

Because of the church's large auditorium, which has a seating ca- 
pacity of around 1 ,050 with room for additional chairs, many special meet- 
ings have been held here throughout the years. For many years the bacca- 
laureate sermon for Shelby High School's graduating classes was delivered 
here. 

NEW EDUCATIONAL BUILDING 

Webb Chapel and the new educational building were dedicated on 
October 25, 1953, with Dr. Zeno Wall bringing the message in a 3 p.m. 
ceremony following the cornerstone laying. Others on the program were 
the Rev, C. C. Crow and the Rev. John W. Suttle. 




Webb Chapel is an example of true craftsmanship and has served the church for 
small weddings, funerals and midweek prayer services. The chapel was a memorial 
given by Mrs. O. Max Gardner and her family to her great-grandfather, Rev. J. M. 
Webb, first pastor. 



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Mrs. O. Max Gardner and her four children, the late J W. Gardner 
and family, Mrs. N. E. Burgess and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Gardner, 
Mr. and Mrs. 0. Max Gardner, Jr. and family, gave the sum of $25,000 
for building Webb chapel which honors their illustrious ancestor who was 
first pastor of the church. They also donated the electronic organ and 
pews for the chapel. 

Property on which the chapel and educational building stand was 
acquired for $47,500 on September 12, 1949 by deed to First Baptist 
Church recorded in Bool'. 6-F on page 397. Irregular in shape, it fronts 
1 32 1 2 feet on Campbell Street and 1 88 3 4 feet on North Washington and 
was known as the Wellmon property, a site formerly used by circuses and 
travelling shows. This building accommodates an additional 800 people in 
Sunday School and provides for a nursery, beginner and adult depart- 
ments. On completion of this unit the church held adequate space for 
2,100 people in Sunday School. 

Overseeing the construction and planning for the new building were 
Lee B. Weathers, chairman; 0. Max Gardner, Jr., secretary; O. M. Mull, 
Wilbur Wilson, Worth Branton, Laura Cornwell, Max Washburn, V. W. 
Breeze, C. M. King, A. A. Powell, Mrs. George Carpenter, Mrs. Rush 
Stroup and Mrs. 0. Max Gardner, Sr. A goal of $300,000 was sought for 
the project with Fields Young, Jr. serving as chairman; C. Rush Hamrick, 
treasurer; Mary Sue Thompson, secretary; Lowery Austell and Pans Yel- 
ton, associate chairmen. 

In May, 1952, contracts were awarded A. A, Ramsey & Son at 
$220,000 for the new unit; heating and plumbing, J. G. Dudley, Jr., Co., 
$28,764; electrical contract to Bronson Electric Co., $8,260.50. 

"Debt Free in '53" become a reality when the church raised $37,000 
on November 30, 1952 in a Sunday service to complete pledges and gifts 
needed to pay for the building which was under construction. 

In the period when the fund was begun in 1950 until the service just 
mentioned, the church had raised enough money to pay for the new Leath 
home at a cost of $22,000; the lot on which the new building was being 
constructed for $47,500, and the new education plant itself at $280,000. 
Not to be overlooked was the fact that the church budget of $1 06,000 wQj 
unanimously adopted on the same Sunday when the final payment was 
being raised. 

A few months later $25,000 was borrowed for furnishings, with a 
special "Church Love Offering" on the morning of the dedication being 
taken to pay for all but $5,000 of this amount. 

MEMORIAL GIFTS 

The canllonic chimes were given by the Earle A. Hamrick family in 
memory of Mr Hamnck's father, the Rev. G. P. Hamrick, a former 
pastor, and Mrs. Hamrick. They were dedicated on November 1 1, 1945. 
Among other of the many gifts of the Hamrick family have been the 
silver communion service and the church bulletin board. 

The lovely English made chandeliers in the sanctuary were given in 
1953 by Spencer and Martha Eskndge Love (now Mrs. Nathan Ayers) in 



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memory of the latter's father, Charles L. Eskridge. 

The painting "Christ in Gethsemane" on the north wall of the church 
sanctuary to the right of the pulpit was given by Mr. and Mrs. 0. M. Mull 
when the auditorium was last enlarged in April, 1943. 

Seaton A. Washburn, who died in July, 1947, in his will left $500 to 
the church which was matched by each of his sons, Charles, George and 
Max Washburn. The resulting fund of $2,000 was loaned to worthy mini- 
sterial students from Cleveland County and the church appointed John P. 
Mull, Wilbur Wilson and F. O. Champion to administer the fund. 

In January, 1935, Mrs. A. P. Weathers planted shrubbery around the 
church in memory of her husband. 

PARSONAGES 

Need for a parsonage was early evident, but it was 1905 when the 
first one was built north of the present auditorium where the church offices 
and the primary department are now located. The parcel of land was 
bought from C. C. Roberts for $750. Contract for building the parsonage 
was $1,700 with outside work $126.80. Insurance and interest on the 
building was $34.20 and the electric light fixtures were purchased for 
$84.93. 

The second parsonage was constructed at 405 West Marion Street in 
1924 at a cost of $18,358 with the Reverend R. L. Lemons being its first 
occupant. The lot was purchased a year earlier for the sum of $5,000. This 
parsonage was sold in November, 1968 for $20,000 to Mrs. C. L. Southard 
following the resignation of Dr. Joseph T. McClain as pastor. 

The house for Roland Leath, educational director and later associate 
pastor, was purchased February 21, 1950, the deed recorded in Book 6-H 
at page 387. The lot fronts 100 feet on Worthington Street and is 195 
feet deep and was purchased from Lowery Austell and Worth Branton at 
$1 ,500. The residence was erected by A. A. Ramsey and Sons for approxi- 
mately $17,500 with a room being added in 1956 at a cost of $2,200. 

BYPU 

The Baptist Young Peoples Union (BYPU) was first organized in the 
church in 1912 by E. A. Ruppe and fourteen years later, in August of 1928, 
the first adult union was formed with Horace Easom organizer and John 
A. Liles president. 

WOMEN DEACONESSES 

Women deaconesses were first elected in 1921. Three men and two 
women were elected each year for a total board of 1 5 members. Miss Selma 
Webb, Mrs. G. P. Hamrick, Mrs. S. A. McMurry, Mrs. C. J. Woodson, Mrs. 
C. A. Doggett, Mrs. Minnie Hull, Mrs. W. L. Packard, Mrs. M. A. Spangler, 
Mrs. Robert Doggett, Mrs. Rush Stroup, Mrs. B. T. Falls, Miss Bertha Bos- 
tick, Miss Kate Webb, Mrs. B. M. Jarrett, Mrs. Bea Suttle Morris, Miss 
Laura Cornwell and Mrs. J. D. Eskridge were among those serving in 
the few years before the practice was discontinued. 

It was also in 1921 that the first library appropriation was made in 
the amount of $500 with Miss Lucille Nix serving as first librarian. During 



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the pastorate of Dr. Harlan Harris (1948-54) the church library was 
established and the Sunday School Board sent a librarian to Shelby to 
teach a course in library science. The new library was dedicated Sunday, 
June. 21, 1953. Previous to this time the different departments had books 
and a librarian kept records of them. 

Among those who have served as librarians have been Mrs. Howard 
Rollins, Mrs. Robert Stone, Miss Selma Webb, Miss Aurthine Wells, Miss 
Pat Hopper, Mrs. Edwin Spangler, Mrs. Fred Swift and Mrs. A. V. Nolan. 

Women are first referred to in conference minutes in February, 1880 
when three women were named to help solicit subscriptions for the pastor, 
one of the three being Sue Love. Prior to this, the men of the church evi- 
dently handled all business. Named to help with a reception at the same 
conference were Sisters E. E. Brevard, Lizzie Love and M. M. Durham. 

FIRST CHURCH WEDDING 

The first white frame church building was the scene on May 28, 
1851 of the first big church wedding with bridesmaids and groomsmen 
in Shelby and, of course, created quite a bit of local interest among the 
less than 400 townspeople. The ceremony united Susan Ann Love, daugh- 
ter of James and Susan Ann Put- 
nam Love, and Dr. William Perry 
Andrews, Cleveland County's 
first surgeon. The Rev. Wade Hill 
was the officiating minister and 
those who "stood up" with the 
couple at the wedding included, 
with their spouses, the following: 
Jane Blanton, who married the 
Rev. George Milton Webb; Betsy 
Sallie Love, sister of the bride 
who married Peter Alexander and 
later Hosea Hallman; Anony- 
mous Quinn, who married Ellen 
Irvin; Harve D. K. Cabaniss, who 
married Aurelia Otterson; Cath- 
arine Andrews, sister of the 
groom, who married Albert 
Thompson of Rutherford County; 
and James Andrews, brother of 
the bridegroom, who married Ma- 
ria Melton of Rutherford County. 
The modern generation will 
enjoy the names bestowed on the 
Dr. and Mrs. Wm. P. Andrews 

children of this marriage, namely, Salola McClintock, Quintina Quilliana 
(who married Beck Quinn), Kansas Love (who married Judge James L. 

Webb), Eulalia Veltasa (who married Travis Davenport), Samuel Osborne 
(who married Emma Hamrick) , and Flabanica Anifesto Andrews, who 







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never married. 

During Ku Klux Klan activities, Salola McClintock Andrews was ac- 
cused of an act he denied doing but found it advisable to leave the state 
and went to Arkansas where he died in 1 873. Dr. Andrews went to Arkan- 
sas to bring back the body of his son and inter him in the Shelby cemetery 
and while there he ate some pecans, the first he had ever seen. He brought 
several of the nuts back with him and planted them in the yard of his 
home on South Washington Street, where the D. W. Royster family re- 
sides, and today two of the pecan trees still bear nuts and are huge trees. 

Dr. Andrews continued his practice until a few years before his death 
in 1903 but death from tuberculosis claimed Mrs. Andrews several years 
earlier. 

CHURCH BUDGETS, MISSIONS 

In 1923 the church adopted its first budget, $9,560 and in 1924 the 
amount was increased to $1 1,060. By 1925 the budget was $13,790 and 
in 1 926 it was more than doubled with an amount set at $30,000. The best 
year financially for the church was the year 1967-68 when total gifts 
reached $286,623.02 and total expenditures were $252,183, of which 
$129,420 was for local expense and $122,763 for missions. A unified 
budget was adopted in the fall of 1936 which cut out all special offerings. 

Broken down by decades to show church enrollment, Sunday School 
enrollment, and total contributions at First Baptist, it is also interesting to 
note at the same time the population of Shelby and Cleveland County in 
the same years. In 1880 church enrollment was 202 with Sunday School 
1 70 and total contributions $1,585.76. The population of Shelby was 990; 
Cleveland County, 16,574. 

In 1900 - church enrollment was 338, Sunday School 235 and total 
contributions, $1,691.10. Shelby had 1,394 residents, Cleveland County 
20,394. 

In 1910 - church enrollment, 440; Sunday School, 316; and total 
contributions, $14,129.06. Shelby had 3,127 residents and Cleveland 
County, 29,494. 

In 1920 - church membership had reached 702; Sunday School, 624, 
and total contributions, $15,467.90. Shelby's population was 3,609, Cleve- 
land County, 34,270. 

In 1930 - church membership, 1,304; Sunday School, 1,407, total 
contributions, $33,836. Shelby residents numbered 10,789, Cleveland 
County, 52,305. 

In 1940 - church membership, 2,117; Sunday School, 1,637; total 
contributions, $41,132.06. Shelby residents numbered 14,037; Cleveland 
County, 58,055. 

In 1950 - church enrollment was 2,463; Sunday School, 1,797; total 
contributions, $1 16,637.27. Shelby had 15,508 residents; Cleveland Coun- 
ty, 64, 316. 

In 1960 - church enrollment was 2,339; Sunday School, 2,225; total 
contributions, $241,439. Shelby's population was 17,698; Cleveland 



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County, 66,048. 

Total receipts for the 1967-68 church year amounted to $286,623.02 
with $1 29,420 going to local expense and $122,763 to missions. The latest 
Shelby interim census in 1965 showed a decline, 16,941, and the county 
population grew to 69,372. 

Seven Baptist colleges and universities, five orphanages, five homes 
for the aging, five Assemblies and two hospitals are supported through the 
Co-operative Program Fund. The two hospitals include Baptist Hospital in 
Winston-Salem and the Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, La. 
Orphanages are the Baptist Orphanage in Winston-Salem, Greer Home in 
Chapel Hill, Kennedy Home in Kinston, Odum Home in Pembroke, Wall 
Home in Wallburg, and Mills Home in Thomasville. A First Baptist mem- 
ber, the late Mrs. C. C. McMurry, Sr. was one of the first five children re- 
ceived at Mills Home when it was founded in 1885. 

The five homes for the aging include Rest Haven and Hayes Home in 
Winston-Salem, the Albemarle Home, the Baptist Home in Yanceyville and 
the Hamilton Home. The Baptist Assemblies include the Baptist Confer- 
ence at Fruitland, North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Southport, Camp 
Carraway RA Camp, Ridgecrest Assembly and the Glorietta, New Mexico 
Assembly. 

Educational units under the program include Gardner-Webb College, 
Wake Forest University, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, Campbell 
College, Chowan College and Wingate College. 

All of the institutions listed were established through Cooperative 
Funds but are for the most part self-supporting. 

Mission money is divided by missions, educational and benevolent 
causes sponsored by the Baptist State Convention and Southern Baptist 
Convention. A breakdown in the past year's contributions shows the follow- 
ing: $7,000 to special foreign mission projects (the Foreign Mission Board 
suggests special projects from which the church may choose); $1,000 
toward the salaries of seven (7) foreign missionaries for a total of $7,000; 
Lottie Moon offering, $16,300; Cooperative Program, $47,400; Baptist 
Hospital, $1,750; Baptist Orphanages, $2,350; American Bible Society, 
$250; Gideons, $300; advanced fund (for various local church projects), 
$1,500; Associational missions, $2,000; radio broadcasts, $1,850; person- 
al ministries (aid to individual families), $2,750; Homes for the Aging, 
$1,000; Gardner-Webb College, $14,000; Home Missions project (select 
a church that is struggling in a pioneer area) , $2,000. 

Missionary funds were first mentioned in 1819 at a session of the 
Broad River Association when a public collection was taken for missionary 
purposes. Elder Drury Dobbins was appointed by the body to preach a 
missionary sermon before the body at its next meeting for the furtherance 
of missionary objects. 

A year-end report by church treasurer J. F. Ledford on December 31 , 
1927 offered the following statement: total receipts $13,044.73 with 390 
having paid pledges in full; 150 paid pledges in part; 68 paid nothing on 
pledge; 1 13 paid without pledge; 300 made no pledge and paid nothing! 



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75th ANNIVERSARY 

Beginning June 1 1 and continuing through June 18, 1922, a program 
of exercises was observed in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 
church. On Sunday, June 1 1 , an address by 0. Max Gardner was heard at 
1 1 a.m. with the 8 p.m. address by Dr. W. D. Hubbard of Greensboro, Ala.; 
June 12, church night with "The History of the Church" given by James 
L. Webb and the sermon, "The Church in the Community and Association" 
by the Rev. J. W. Suttle; June 13, Sunday School night featured "The 
History of the Sunday School" by J. R. Dover. 

Former Pastor's night was observed June 14 when J. H. Quinn recog- 
nized "Our Former Pastors" and the sermon was delivered by the Rev. L. 
W. Swope of Richmond, Va. June 15 was laymen's night with a man's 
fellowship supper and talk on "The Departments of the Church" by B. T. 
Falls and sermon, "The Layman's Opportunity" by Dr. W. R. Cullom of 
Wake Forest; June 1 6, Missionary night with Mrs. S. A. McMurry speaking 
on "The Work of Our Women" and the Rev. L. R. Pruett of Charlotte on 
"Taking the South for Christ"; June 18, consecration day with Dr. Charles 
E. Maddry of Raleigh speaking on "Our Present World Opportunity". 

MISSIONARIES 

The First Baptist Church has always been interested in missions Miss 
Attie Bostick (Mrs. T. J. League), G. P. Bostick and Wade Bostick, daugh- 
ter and sons of Jane Suttle and Samuel E. Bostick, were members of the 
Concord Baptist Church near Forest City during their youth but later 
moved their membership to Shelby First. Together they served a total of 
1 10 years as missionaries to China. 

G. P. and Wade Bostick went to China as missionaries in 1900 and 
remained in the Mission field for 43 years, G. P. Bostick having been bur- 
ied in China. Mrs. Attie Bostick League, buried in her dark silk embroid- 
ered Chinese robe and holding a well-worn Bible in her hands, died at age 
89 on May 7, 1 965. She also went to China in 1 900 but, unlike her broth- 
ers, was caught up in World War II and served her last two years in a 
Japanese concentration camp in occupied China. 

When she arrived in Shelby in December, 1943, after a 77-day trip 
from China she said "I can't tell you how glad I am to be home but it was 
very sad leaving the Chinese. If I could have continued my work with them 
I wouldn't have come home." 

After her internment in the Japanese camp, the Chinese people 
sneaked food over the wall to her and after two years she was allowed to 
come home on the Gripsholm, being one of the first released because of 
her age, which was 68 at that time. 

Her voyage home covered 21,880 miles over the 77-day period and 
after crossing the equator four times. "Miss Attie" had read the Bible 
through 91 times. She married T. J. League, a former missionary, at age 
72. 

Miss Bertha Bostick (Mrs. W. C. Bostick) was the daughter of G. P. 
Bostick and a long-time member of our church, having served as superin- 
tendent of one of the junior departments for many years and church org- 



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amst for a short time. She was born in Shantung Province, China and 
spent her childhood there. She died November 26, 1965. 

A C. Dixon went out from the church to a dedicated ministry. Others 
have been Roy Newton, Frank Garver, Charles H. Durham, Lewis Ear'e 
Hancock, Rev. Douglas Eades, Albert Propst, Dr. Eugene Poston, Rev. L. 
M. Kanipe, Joe Roberts, Rev. W. E. Williamson, Ma I lory McSwain, Wood- 
row Wall, Rev. Z Miller Freeman Rev. Leon Hollingsworth and Alfred 
Washburn. 

More recently Miss Laura Cornwell served eight years as principal 
of the elementary division of the Hawaii Baptist Academy, the church 
dedicating the August 3, 1952 service to her as she prepared to leave 
for her work. While there the Church gave approximately $10,000 to 
the school which was used for books, visual aids, equipment and ad- 
ditional building which aided in the school's becoming accredited. Miss 
Flossie Grigg spent the 1957-58 school year with Miss Cornwell and 
taught the first grade at her school. 

Jim and Amanda Hardin spent two years in Hawaii as student mis- 
sionaries, returning in 1968. They were the second couple to be appointed 
to the US-2 program by the Home Mission Board, a program for college 
graduates who are willing to serve two years on some mission field. Jim 
is currently serving with the Army medics in Korea and Amanda returned 
to Honolulu where she is doing laboratory work until he completes his 
army service. 

On November 30, 1958, Marion D. DuBose of Batesville Baptist 
Church of Batesville, Indiana was ordained at First Baptist, the Rev. 
DuBose's great-grandfather, the Rev. George M. Webb having been or- 
dained in this church and his great-great-grandfather, the Rev. James M. 
Webb, having served as first pastor. 

FAMED DIXON FAMILY 

The Rev. Amzi Clarence Dixon, a boyhood member of First Baptist 
who became one of the greatest preachers of his time, and a son of the 
Rev. Thomas Dixon, pastor of the church, was called to the pastorate of 
a Baptist Church in Asheville During his ministry there he held a 
revival in Clay County There was but one convert throughout the revival 
but thar one was George W. Truetr. 

Dr. Truett was one of the greatest Baptists of all times, having lived 
most of his life in Texas although a native of Clay County. Credited with 
saving Baylor University in its early days, he was pastor of First Baptist 
Church of Dallas, Texas, largest Baptist church in the world; president of 
the Southern Baptist and Texas Baptist Conventions and president of the 
Baptist World Alliance. 

In June, 1942, Dr. Truett held a revival in Shelby, preaching at 
the church in the morning and to enormous crowds in the evenings at 
the Armory. This was next to the last revival he ever held and at the fol- 
lowing one, in Atlanta, he became ill and had to go home Thirty-one 
persons were added to the church roll during his local revival. 

Another of Rev. Tom Dixon's sons, Tom Dixon, Jr., was probably the 



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most colorful and dramatic individual Cleveland county has produced, 
being a lawyer, preacher, actor, playwright, novelist and motion picture 
producer. His first book, The Leopard Spots, was a tremendous success and 
was followed by The Clansman which was produced on the stage and 
screen as The Birth of a Nation in the first million-dollar movie ever pro- 
duced. His books, stage plays and film brought him fame and fortune 
throughout the country, although he died a pauper as the result of poor 
investments. 

Frank Dixon, third son of the Rev. Tom Dixon, was also a dynamic 
preacher and one of the foremost lecturers of America. The two Dixon 
daughters inherited the same gifts of writing and speech as their brothers. 
Mrs. Addie Dixon Thacker having contributed to many religious publi- 
cations and secular magazines while Mrs. Delia Dixon Carroll became 
the first woman physician in North Carolina. Dr. Carroll was physician at 
Meredith College for 35 years. 

REVIVALS BRING ADDITIONS 

A great many eminent Baptist preachers have filled the pulpit 
through the years during revivals and special services. Among them 
have been Dr. George W. Truett of First Baptist Church, Dallas Texas; 
Dr. M. E. Dodd, First Baptist Church, Shreveport, La.; Dr. W. F. Powell, 
First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn,; Dr. Duke McCall, president of 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Dr. L. P. Leavell, president of 
New Orleans Baptist Seminary; Dr. Ralph Herring, First Baptist Church, 
Winston-Salem; Dr. C. C. Warren, First Baptist Church, Charlotte; Dr. 
Ellis Fuller, First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.; Dr. Finley Gibson, Walnut 
Street Baptist, Louisville, Ky. 

Perhaps the most outstanding revival in the history of the church 
was held during the depression days of. the 1930s. The church took a 
religious census and held 161 cottage prayer services in various homes 
of the community. These services in the homes were followed by a series 
of revival services in the church with Dr. Zeno Wall, pastor, doing the 
preaching and Horace Easom leading the singing assisted by three choirs. 
Two hundred and seventeen (217) people united with the church during 
this revival period. 

In June, 1927, Dr. L. R. Scarborough held an open air revival and 
during the two-week meeting, 81 ministers were recognized as visitors, 
every church in the Kings Mountain Association cooperated and people 
came from adjoining counties and Associations as far east as Raleigh and 
as far west as Asheville. Seventy-four came for baptism and 43 by letter. 
A free will offering of $756.50 was presented to Dr. Scarborough. 

Evangelist Billy Sunday preached to an overflowing crowd at the 
church in a visit in 1924. In 1936 and again in 1950 the church mem- 
bership was inspired by the Rev. Chester Swor of Mississippi, a young 
evangelist who had been crippled in youth by polio. In June, 1 937, ninety- 
one (91 ) persons were added to the church roll during a revival led by 
Dr. Finley Gibson. 



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DR. WALL CALLED 

Stormy days subsided and the church has been united since the com- 
ing in 1925 of Dr. Zeno Wall as pastor. Before coming to Shelby, Dr. 
Wall received an anonymous letter warning him not to go to Shelby be- 
cause the members of the church there ran off their ministers. The 
average tenure of ministry before Dr. Wall's coming was three years with 
the shortest term of any pastor being that of the Rev. J. A. White who 
served from March 15, 1880 to August 6, 1880, less than five months. 

When asked how he planned to bring the church membership back 
together when he assumed the pastorate, after the church's not so har- 
monious times, Dr. Wall is said to have casually replied "We will become 
united through Christian love." 

The church membership at the beginning of Dr. Wall's ministry in 
1925 was 763. During his pastorate of twenty-two years there were 3,579 
members added to the church roll. The biggest number of additions in 
any one year was 254 in 1 932 which was a depression year. 

Tent revivals were popular in this era and on one occasion Dr. Wall 
and Rev. Rush Padgett conducted a highly successful three-week tent 
revival beginning May 23, 1926 under a large tent on South LaFayette 
Street. On June 13, the last night of the preaching series, "a special 
prayer for rain was answered and bountiful crops resulted." 

On Wednesday evening, December 17, 1947, Dr. Wall informed the 
church he had been elected to the general superintendency of the N. G. 
Baptist Orphanage and would move to Thomasville soon. Phrasing his 
announcement, "The Lord is opening a new door for us and is saying 
'enter,' " he told the prayer service congregation that he and Mrs. Wall 
would come back in a few years, build a little home and retire in his 
beloved Shelby. He preached his last sermon as pastor on Sunday, January 
25, 1948, using as his subject "The Triumphant Christ." 

Although Dr. Wall's long ministry of 22 years was fruitful and tl.e 
church realized some of its greatest achievements, his successor, Harlan 
Harris, probably initiated more programs of lasting emphasis on the con- 
gregation in his five years as pastor than any other before or after him. 

Extremely popular with the young people, he endeared many through 
his Young Life Program which continues today and through which many 
young people have been won to Christ. He also brought the first dedi- 
cation service for small children to the church in December, 1948, with 
nine children and their parents present for the first service. This service, 
however, was discontinued after his ministry even though it had been well 
received by young married couples. 

It was also under the Rev. Harris' pastorate that the weekly Informer 
was begun, deacons inaugurated their monthly visitation program (April, 
1949), the church auditorium was redecorated, the first of weekly even- 
ing broadcasts over WOHS-FM (September 4, 1949) was begun, the new 
educational building was built and paid for, and a residence was built 
for Roland Leath, educational and music director. The Fisherman's Club 
was first organized during his ministry and a church library was estab- 



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lished. 

Rev. Harris resigned November 30, 1953 to accept a call to First Bap- 
tist Church of Plainview, Texas. 

Dr and Mrs. Wall returned to Shelby in August, 1950 and it was on 
September 16, 1951 that Dr. Wall was elected pastor emeritus of the 
church, a post he held until his death on September 12, 1967. Dr. and 
Mrs. Wall were honored in a special service by the church on November 
18, 1951. 

Beginning October, 1958, the church paid Dr. Wall $100 each month 
as pastor emeritus, presenting him first with a check for $600 which was 
retroactive six months. On receipt of his check he immediately turned 
over $60 as his tithe. 

CONVENTION SETTING 

The North Carolina State Baptist Convention has met four times in 
the church — in 1875, 1890, 1913 and 1929. The church has furnished 
two presidents of the State Convention: Dr. Wall and the Rev. Needham 
B. Cobb, who was eighth pastor of this church. 

A few weeks prior to the November, 1929 State Baptist Convention 
session in Shelby, a disastrous fire had completely destroyed the Cleve- 
land Springs hotel where many of the delegates were to be assigned. Tall 
columns of the famed hotel stand on the site east of Shelby today, con- 
tinuing to remind Clevelanders of the resort which drew patrons from 
many states to seek the healthful sulphur and lithia waters from springs 
on the hotel grounds. Citizens of all denominations cooperated with the 
Baptists by opening their homes to more than 500 of the 1,000 delegates 
who attended while an improvised cafe was provided by the Woman's 
Missionary Society of the church to augment the other eating places in 
the city. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

On completion of expanded facilities following the 1928-29 building 
program, First Baptist conducted its first Vacation Bible School, a new 
program not only for our church but a new program in this area. 

The first Bible school enrolled 425 for a three-week session in the 
summer of 1929, those participating coming from all denominations al- 
though the program was designed primarily for this church. Defined as 
"a happy time with spiritual interest that will cause the child to love the 
church," today's Vacation Bible Schools continue to attract as many as 
400 children with approximately 100 adult and youth workers directing 
activities. Those participating in what is now an annual one-week session 
include children from three-year old beginners to 14-year teenagers, al- 
though records reveal that the Bible School's greatest appeal is among 
the age eight and under. A typical day's program includes assembly in 
the main sanctuary at 8:30 a.m. after which the children go to their de- 
partments where lessons are done in their Bible workbooks, scripture is 
memorized, character stories told, handicraft and creative projects are 
carried out. 



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CHURCH SECRETARIES 

Miss Ruth Moss, a graduate of Limestone College,, entered upon her 
duties January 1, 1935, as church secretary to post church books and 
enlist members to give regularly and systematically to the support of the 
church, becoming the first to hold the newly created full-time position as 
church secretary. Later married to C. B. Easterling, she is now private 
secretary to I. D. Blumenthal of Radiator Specialty Company in Charlotte. 

Succeeding Mrs. Easterling on December 5, 1939, was Miss Mabel 
Ruth Harrell of Edenton, now Mrs. John Senterfitt, Jr. of Ocala, Fla. Mrs. 
Senterfitt has been teaching high school English for the past few years. 

Miss Beverly Clark (Mrs. O. V. Hamrick, Jr.) succeeded Miss Harrell 
in September 1941, continuing in her duties through 1946. 

Miss Mary Sue Thompson has served capably and efficiently as sec- 
retary since 1 947. 

CHURCH KINDERGARTEN 

The church sponsored a kindergarten beginning in the fall of 1958 
and was directed by Miss Flossie Grigg with Mrs. Nora Cornwell Harris 
assisting. The kindergarten continued for three years and Miss Laura 
Cornwell joined Miss Grigg and Mrs. Harris for the third year of opera- 
tion. Hours of the project were 8:30 to 11 :30 a.m., Mondays through 
Fridays. 

WORLD WAR II HEROES 

During World War 1 1 ( 1 941 -45) many members of the First Baptist 
Church and its congregation answered the call to patriotic duty and served 
in all branches of the country's service. Nine of those heroes failed to re- 
turn, giving their lives for their country. 

In memory of the fallen nine heroes, the ginkgo trees planted on the 
west side of the church serve as a constant reminder of their sacrifice. 
These trees were planted in a dedicatory service on December 7, 1947. 

Those who lost their lives were: Herbert Branton, George Loris Dover, 
Grady E. Dover, Elvis Hamrick, Earl R. Hicks, Jr., Elmer Propst, Garnet 
Tolbert, Hassell Wall and Earl Yarborough. 

On Wednesday evening, June 7, 1944, the day after the Allies in- 
vaded Normandy and France, our people came together at the hour of 
prayer around 700 strong with President Hoyt Blackwell of Mars Hill Col- 
lege delivering the message. The extraordinary thing about the attendance 
was that the church membership understood the meeting would follow the 
invasion and they came without prior notice or reminder. 

It was recorded that "This was a mountain top experience in the 
history of our church - one that we can never forget." At the time the 
church had 252 members in the service and an effort was made to get 
two at the hour of prayer for every serviceman away. The goal, therefore, 
was 504 but over 700 came. Dr. Wall and Director of Education and Music 
Horace Easom rejoiced over the evidence of concern. 

Although 31 Cleveland County soldiers paid the supreme sacrifice 
of the approximately 700 who served in World War I (1917-19), no mem- 



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ber of the church was a casualty. The casualty list for World War 1 1 in the 
county numbered 192 out of 6,504 courageous men and women who 
served. 

On Sunday, May 26, 1946 the church paid tribute to the 340 mem- 
bers of the church who answered the call to the colors during World War 
II. Special services were conducted by the pastor, Dr. Zeno Wall, whose 
topic was "A Grateful Man" and a special tribute was given to the nine who 
paid the supreme sacrifice. All service men and their families were invited 
to a reception given by the church on Friday evening, June 7, 1 946 in their 
honor. 

A Union Memorial Service for those who lost their lives in World 
Wars I and II was held in the church on Sunday evening, November 19, 
1946 under sponsorship of the Legion Auxiliary. All churches in the com- 
munity participated. 

It was a practice of the church during World War II to fete service- 
men who were in town over the weekend at Sunday dinner at one of the 
local eating places. 

At the time of this printing there had been no casualties among 
church members in the Korean or Vietnam conflicts. 

CONFEDERATE VETERANS 

Cleveland County furnished 2,035 troops when the county population 
was only 12,384 during the Civil War, 1861-65, these troops comprising 
14 companies and 18 Captains. 

Among the Confederate soldiers who were members of First Baptist 
Church at some time were W. S. Alexander, Capt. J. D. Andrews, William 
Archer, T. Kennedy Barnett, J. Calvin Beam, Capt. W. Posey Beam, S. E. 
Bostic, William Cabaniss, Marcus L. Carroll, Capt. William S. Corbett, 
William Dellinger, Cpl. Minor W. Doggett, Cpl. L. N. Durham, R. J. Dur- 
ham, R. S. Durham, Harrison Eskridge, Lt. J. Zemri Falls, Capt. Oliver P. 
Gardner, J. Mack Gillespie r Marshall Newton Hamrick, Sidney Hamrick, 
Thomas Hamrick, Phillip Hoke, Major Jesse Jenkins, J. H. Kendrick, Lt. 
Thomas D. Lattimore, Lt. Ben F. Logan, T. M. Love, William P. Love, Sgt. 
Robert B. McBrayer, G. R. Moore, L. A. Parker, Wiley S. Pruett, J. Randall, 
Noah Ross, Adam Spake, Charles Beattie Suttle, D. B. F. Suttle, Lt. Dobb 
D. Suttle, John W. Sullivan, David C. Webb, Lorenzo Dow Webb, John S. 
Wray, J. Alexander Wray, William A. Wray, George W. Young. All were 
privates except where rank was indicated. 

SPANISH AMERICAN VETERANS 

Cleveland County also furnished more than 100 men in the Spanish 
American war of 1898, most of these serving in Company G, First North 
Carolina Volunteers. Those who served from our church included Col. J. 
T. Gardner, Hugh Logan, Thomas W. Mettagg and Upton S. Alexander. 

SCHOOL SUPPORT 

The First Baptist Church sponsored the Shelby Female College which, 
according to the history of the Kings Mountain Association, was being 
erected in 1878 and followed the Roberts Female Seminary conceived in 



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1863 during Rev. Tillman Gaines' pastorate (1863-64). Largely through 
the efforts of Dr. W. A. Nelson, pastor from 1880-1883, with the coope- 
ration of Elder R. D. Mallary, who served as the college's president for 
several years, the school got off to a good beginning. Minutes of the Kings 
Mountain Association in 1882 announced that "the Shelby Baptist Church 
had a first-class female college in operation." The college was under the 
management of Elder R. D. Mallary. Mallary succeeded Dr. Nelson as 
church pastor in 1883 and later was president of Shorter College of Rome, 
Georgia. 

Because of the financial burden of supporting the college, the in- 
stitution was not destined to last long and in 1885 Associational minutes 
record that the "Shelby Church and other churches and individuals have 
supported the female college for three years and now the committee asks 
that the Association adopt it as their own daughter." Rev. Mallary re- 
signed in 1887 and the college was not mentioned in the reports of the 
Association after 1888. 

As early as 1874 the Association asked for greater interest in educa- 
tion and the following schools were listed as in operation: one in Shelby 
"that is in every way worthy of your patron, Elder W. W. Gwin, principal; 
secondly, Bridges' Academy, which asks a liberal share of your patronage; 
thirdly, Burnt Chimneys, which calls for her share." Also, the Association 
asked all efforts to endow Wake Forest College, noting: "Rushing students 
into the pulpit unprepared for the work is the leading cause of errors being 
made by our ministers. It is an obstacle which impeded the progress of 
our denomination." 

Still earlier, in 1867, the Broad River Association had asked churches 
to raise a permanent endowment for Furman University to educate young 
men for the ministry. The Logan history reads: "Our Baptist people with- 
in the bounds of the Broad River Association had, at that time, only be- 
gan to appreciate the advantages and blessings resulting from ministerial 
education. Indeed a great number of the old fathers held that human 
learning acquired at Theological schools was not at all necessary in the 
qualification of a minister of the Gospel." 

The N. C. Baptists opened their own female university at Raleigh, the 
Baptist Female University, in September, 1899, changing the name to the 
Baptist University for Women in 1905 and to Meredith College in 1909. 

The church has a history of aid to Boiling Springs High School, later 
Boiling Springs College and now Gardner-Webb College. The School had 
its beginning at the 1903 Kings Mountain Association meeting although 
the ground - breaking ceremony at the school site was not until early in 
the spring of 1907. In July, 1907, J. D. Huggins was chosen principal of 
the school and authorized to select a faculty. 

In a resolution adopted October 18, 1908, members of First Baptist 
were asked to assume separately and individually such financial assistance 
as each may have felt to Boiling Springs High School. The church itself 
had been asked previously to assist financially but the latter resolution was 
reached. 

In March, 1921, the church agreed to pay the amount of $10 per 



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member to Boiling Springs High School to meet incidental expenses of the 
school and throughout the years the church paid tuitions of deserving 
ministerial students to attend the school. 

Dr. Zeno Wall, at the Association meeting in 1926, recommended 
that the school become a junior college in the scholastic year 1927-28, it 
having become evident that the school could not compete with the tax- 
supported state high school system. The fall of 1929 saw the school open 
for the first time with one grade above the high school level. 

The beginning, then, of Boiling Springs Junior College and the Great 
Depression were simultaneous. Economy became a necessity and churches 
were asked to include the fledgling college in their budgets. One church 
went beyond that call when First Baptist of Shelby allowed its pastor, Dr. 
Wall, to also serve as the college's president following the resignation early 
in 1930 of James B. Davis. Dr. Wall accepted the presidency on May 5, 
1930 and continued in his dual role as pastor-president until March, 1932 
. . . occupying his college position without pay. 

Contributions were made regularly to the school from its beginning by 
the Kings Mountain, Sandy Run and Gaston Associations, the latter until 
1931. However, when the college sought accreditation from the North 
Carolina Department of Public Instruction through the N. C. College Con- 
ference, the news was that a lot of money would be needed. The trustees 
managed to hurdle financial barriers in many critical periods during the de- 
pression and it was not until 1941 that big plans were laid to raise money. 
They turned to Horace Easom, director of religious education and music 
at First Baptist and it was through his meticulous, calculating planning 
that the college was able to get on its feet. 

Easom turned to First Baptist members and recruited Mai Spongier to 
help him in a $1 00,000 campaign with A. W. McMurry to act as chairman 
of the steering committee and C. Rush Hamrick to be his associate chair- 
man. Early in the summer of 1942, following an earlier gift of $1,000, 
former Governor O. Max Gardner gave the college a gift of $10,000 to 
make available 25 scholarships to young men and women in the area - 
and it was then that he began to pour his money and devote his energies 
and time along with others to guide and strengthen the college. June 15, 
1942, the college name was changed to Gardner- Webb College, honoring 
the name of its benefactor and his wife, Mrs. Fay Webb Gardner, and their 
families. 

An ambitious campaign was launched in the fall of 1943 with Horace 
Easom and Mai Spongier again elected co-chairmen, except this time they 
chose Mrs. Rush Stroup to serve with them. Guy H. Roberts was named 
secretary and treasurer of what was known as the Memorial Fund En- 
largement Campaign, an effort that was to eventually raise $750,000. 

First Baptist came into the picture strong on May 5, 1947 when the 
deacons recommended that the church raise $50,000 to be divided equally 
between Gardner-Webb and Wake Forest. This offering was received on 
May 25. 

In 1947 the Baptist State Convention accepted Gardner-Webb into 
the Baptist family of colleges - on condition that a $250,000 endowment 



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fund be realized. Again, through the talents of Horace Easom and Ben C. 
Fisher, the fund was subscribed and President Phil Elliott was able to 
announce to the convention in November, 1947 that the one-quarter mil- 
lion dollars for endowment, plus the three-quarters of a million to be 
spent on the college plant had been raised. 

The college then became the responsibility of the N. C. State Baptist 
Convention, passing from the Kings Mountain and Sandy Run Associations 
to the Convention which would thereafter allot a portion of its educational 
funds to the support of the college and would approve its trustees. The 
property - the buildings, equipment and campus - continue to be owned 
jointly by the two Associations. 

First Baptist went to bat again for the local college in 1959-60 when 
a fund-raising campaign for $550,000 was undertaken with Paris Yelton 
serving as general chairman and O. Max Gardner, Jr., honorary chairman. 
Young Gardner at the time was confined to bed with multiple sclerosis, a 
disease which was to claim his life shortly afterwards (Nov. 10, 1961 ). 

R. Patrick Spongier has served as national general chairman of the 
"Decade of Advance to Assure the Extra Dimension" initiated in 1964 to 
raise $1,125,000. To date $2,722,954.76 has been raised. Others from our 
church who took leadership areas in the campaign were: Robert R. Forney, 
national leadership gifts chairman; Hoyt Bailey, area co-chairman; C Rush 
Hamrick, Jr., Howard Rollins and J. L. Suttle, Jr., special gifts; Lloyd Bost, 
canvass chairman. 

First Baptist members have been generous in their gifts for the erec- 
tion of buildings and today the campus is dotted with edifices bearing 
their names. From the Gardner family have come the James Webb Gard- 
ner Memorial Dormitory (known as Decker Hall), the Webb Administra- 
tion Building and the O. hAax Gardner Memorial Fine Arts Building. Stroup 
Dormitory is a gift of Mrs. Rush Stroup; the John R. Dover Memorial Li- 
brary, a gift of the families of the late industrialist; the Charles I. Dover 
campus center named in honor of Charles I. Dover; Bost Physical Education 
Building and swimming pool in honor of L. C. Bost and in memory of 
Jean Bost Gardner, from the family of L. C. Bost; the Ernest W. Spangler 
Memorial Stadium in memory of E. W. Soangler and in honor of Mrs. 
Verna Patrick Spangler by R. Patrick and Earl Spangler; the S. A. Wash- 
burn building which was first used as a library; the S. S. Royster Memorial 
Hospital, gift of the families of Ralph and D. W. Royster; the V. F. Ham- 
rick field house in memory of L. S. Hamrick and in honor of V. F. Hamrick. 

Also, the Lutz-Yelton Hall, made possible by the families of Mr. and 
Mrs. J. Ray Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. Paris Yelton, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Lutz, 
Mr. and Mrs. F. O. Champion. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. 
Ray Webb Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. H. Joe Hamrick, Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Lutz, 
Dr. and Mrs. Richard F. Bowling, Robert W. Yelton, Charles W. Mauney, 
Mr. and Mrs. Gary H. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. H. Vincent Carpenter, Don 
L. Yelton, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Lutz, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Henderson 
and hAr. and Mrs. W. A. Pernell. 

Other gifts include the Suttle Tennis Courts, donated by Mr. and Mrs 
J. L. Suttle, Jr.; the Chemistry lecture room by Mr. and Mrs. Earl Mea- 



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cham; College Post Office by Jack Ramsey in memory of his father, A. A. 
Ramsey; Dr. and Mrs. Charles G. Lampley, Jr., naming of a faculty office; 
endowed scholarships by the D. W. Royster family, by Thomas Hamrick 
and Roland Hamrick, Jr., and the George Blanton family. 

Completed in 1968 on the new entrance to the campus was 
the Suttle-Wall Tower, a memorial to Dr. Zeno Wall and Joseph Linton 
Suttle, given by Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Suttle, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Lutz. 

On Christian Education day each year at the church, members may 
designate their special offerings to any other college under the Cooperative 
program but the remainder goes to Gardner- Webb. The 1968 special of- 
fering was $14,000 to the local college. 

Gardner-Webb begins its third academic year in the fall of '69 and 
the first graduates of the four-year institution will receive degrees in 
May, 1971. 

Gardner-Webb's board of trustees and board of advisors voted unani- 
mously in a joint session in May, 1969 to enter a capital fund campaign 
early in the year 1970 to put over a successful four-year program. 

Dr. Eugene Poston, a former member of First Baptist, was named 
president of Gardner-Webb in 1961 after having served for two years as 
head of the college's Department of Religion. Graduate of Shelby High 
School, he is also a graduate, of Gardner-Webb and Wake Forest Univer- 
sity and his post-graduate study included his bachelor's, master's and 
doctorate degrees in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Before going into college work Dr. Poston served in pastorates in 
Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina between the years 1943 and 1958 
and taught in the seminary extension program in Wilmington for two 
years while serving as pastor of Wallace Baptist Church. Active in the 
Scouting program since age 12, he attained the Eagle rank and has serv- 
ed as a Scoutmaster, in the adult leadership program and is currently 
director of church relations in the Piedmont Scout Council. Also, in 
addition to planning and directing the God and Country Awards program 
he conducts the summer chaplain program at Schiele Boy Scout Reserva- 
tion. 

Among those from our. church who have served on the Gardner-Webb 
board of trustees include: Lloyd C. Bost, Mrs. C. Robert Doggett, Charles 
I. Dover, J. R. Dover, Jr., Horace Easom, James L. Eskridge, B. T. Falls, 
J. D. Fitz, Rev. Z. Miiler Freeman, J. W. Gardner, Honorable O. Max 
Gardner, Mrs. O. Max Gardner, O. Max Gardner, Jr., Ralph W. Gardner, 
A. V. Hamrick, C. Rush Hamrick, Earle A. Hamrick, Julian W. Hamrick, 
Dr. T. G. Hamrick, J. Ollie Harris, Maurice Hendrick, L. S. Hamrick, S. H. 
Hamrick, Rev. C. A. Jenkins, A. W. McMurry, R. L. Weathers, A. C. 
Lovelace, Wyan Washburn. 

Also, W. Hill Hudson, J. Y. Irvin, Rev. John E. Lawrence, Mrs. S. A. 
McMurry, O. M. Mull, Dr. Hubert S. Plaster, Aaron B. Quinn, J. H. Quinn, 
Guy H. Roberts, Howard Rollins, D. W. Royster, Mai A. Spongier, R. Pat- 
rick Spangler, Mrs. Rush Stroup, J. L. Suttle, Jr., Mrs. John Wacaster, Dr. 
Zeno Wall, George Washburn, Lee B. Weathers, Judge E. Y. Webb, Miss 



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Selma Webb, Mrs. Paris L. Yelton and Carlos Young. 

First of the Baptist Colleges was Wake Forest Institute before it 
became Wake Forest College and then University. The school dates back 
to August 28, 1832 when the Convention purchased 615 acres of land 
for $2,000 in the little town of Wake Forest, chosen for its central location 
and general convenience to all Baptists over the state. Samuel Wait be- 
came its first president when classes began in 1834 and since that date it 
has been the dignified liberal arts, law, medical and religious school of 
the Baptists. The campus was moved to Winston-Salem after the Z. Smith 
Reynolds Foundation offered in 1946 the sum of $350,000 annually in 
income and perpetuity to the college, this amount increased in 1955 to 
$500,000 annually. The first session on the new campus was the summer 
session of June, 1 956 and the first regular fall session followed on Septem- 
ber 1 1, 1956. The Reynolds family has given several challenge gifts and 
other gifts since. 

O. M. Mull, Sunday School superintendent at First Baptist for many 
years, teacher of the O. M. Mull Bible Class from 1934 for more than 20 

years, and one of the church stalwarts 
for more than 50 years, played a drama- 
tic role in the establishment of the Bow- 
man Gray School of Medicine at Wake 
Forest and the University's subsequent 
move from Wake Forest to Winston-Sal- 
em. A portrait of Mull, who graduated 
Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest in 
1902 and received his L.L.B. in 1903, 
hangs in the Bowman Gray School of 
Medicine today. 

While serving in the state legislature 
in 1937, Mull was appointed a member of 
the committee to investigate and report 
on the advisability of the state establish- 
ing a four-year, degree granting medical 
school. At that time the state was emerg- 
ing from the financial depression and pan- 
ic of the early 1930s and state officials 
advised it was not practical for the state 
to finance a state medical school at that 
O. M. Mull time. 




Mull requested the committee to give him a month to find funds for 
the school and it was then he contacted Robert M. Haynes of Winston- 
Salem who suggested the Bowman Gray Foundation be contacted. Foun- 
dation trustees were impressed but stipulated the medical school must 
be located in Winston-Salem, a point the legislative committee turned 
down in favor of locating the facility in Chapel Hill. Mull then turned 
to Dr Thurmon Kitchen. Wake Forest president, and Dr. C. C. Carpenter, 
dean of its medical school, and in a conference on August 2, 1939 



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between the three and James A. Gray, Bowman Gray, Jr. and Gordon 
Gray it was arranged that financial resources of the Bowman Gray Foun- 
dation would be made available for the Wake Forest Medical School which 
would be moved to Winston-Salem and expanded into a four-year medical 
school. The medical school moved and began operation in Winston-Salem 
in 1942. 

Mull then led the way for obtaining a part or all of the income from 
the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for Wake Forest College, the income 
at that time going to the Health Department of the State. The Baptist 
State Convention meeting in Greensboro in July, 1946 approved the 
Foundation support and move to Winston-Salem. Mull was elected chair- 
man of the planning and building committee which oversaw the initial 
erection of 14 buildings, costing more than $20 million. An O. M. Mull 
research scholarship is given by the Reynolds family. 

In early days churches recommended members to branches of higher 
learning, particularly those who wanted to enter the ministry. A typical 
recommendation came during a prayer meeting at First Baptist on August 
9, 1905 when T. F. Limerick asked for a recommendation to the Educa- 
tional Board of Wake Forest College. Granted, O. M. Mull, J. H. Quinn 
and C. C. Roberts were appointed to draft the recommendation and it was 
submitted and approved at the August 23 meeting as follows: "This certi- 
fies that brother Frank Limerick is a member of the Shelby Baptist Church 
in good standing and held by us in high esteem, and believing him to have 
been called of God to the work of the gospel ministry we hereby give him 
our entire and cordial approbation in the improvement of his gifts by 
preaching the gospel as providence may afford him an opportunity, pray- 
ing the great head of the church to endow him with all needful grace and 
crown his labors with abundant success." On entering Wake Forest, Lim- 
erick changed to law and served as a judge until his death. 

As a matter of interest, it may be noted here that Shelby's first 
college graduates, known as the "Four Horsemen", were all members 
of First Baptist Church. They were George Blanton, banker and industrial- 
ist; Rev. Charles Durham, distinguished Baptist minister; E. Y. Webb, 
Congressman and Federal Judge; and Dr. E. B. Lattimore, physician, all 
members of the 1893 graduating class at Wake Forest College. 

Several members of First Baptist have served on boards of trustees 
of the various Baptist Schools in addition to Gardner-Webb. Those who 
have served on the Wake Forest board include: Jesse Jenkins, 1874- 
1889; E. Y. Webb, 1897-1946; C. Rush Hamrick,1941 -45 and 1961-64; 
O. M. Mull, 1942-43, 1946-49, 1953-56, 1958-61; Horace Easom, 
1947-50; Dr. John Hamrick, 1951-54 and 1967-70; Mrs. Rush Stroup, 
1954-57; O. V. Hamrick, January to November, 1960; and Mrs. Earl 
Meacham, 1963-66. 

Four have served on the Mars Hill board of trustees, namely M. W. 
Hamrick, 1917-23; H. Fields Young, 1928-36; Mrs. Rush Stroup, 
1936-48; Rev. John Lawrence, 1960-64. 

Serving on the Meredith College board have been: O. Max Gardner, 



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Jr., 1946-50; and Henry B. Edwards, 1937-40 and 1942-45. _ 

H. Fields Young, Jr. is serving a six-year term, 1964-70, on the 

board of Wingate College and Carlos Young is a member of the board, 

1967-72, of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Among those who have served on the board of Baptist Hospital in 

Winston-Salem were Dr. Zeno Wall, 1923-31; O. hAax Gardner, 1926; 

0. M. Mull, 1939-44; and C. Rush Hamrick, 1945-59. 

100th ANNIVERSARY 

Between June 15-22, 1947, First Baptist celebrated its 100th anni- 
versary with a "Religious Festival" when church membership showed more 
than 2,500; Sunday School enrollment was 1,600; Training Union enroll- 
ment, 350; WMU, about 600; and offerings over the previous year, 
$100,000. 

A centennial celebration committee appointed by Dr. Wall included 
W. L. Angel, chairman of the board of deacons; O. M. Mull, chairman of 
the finance committee; George Blanton, chairman of the board of trustees; 
Mrs. Fred Swift, president of WMU; and Judge E. Y. Webb, grandson of 
the first pastor of the church. 

An attractive program numbering 24 pages outlined the centennial 
celebration and contained many pictures of church officials and organi- 
zations. Program personalities included Dr. Ellis A. Fuller, president of the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Mrs. J. M. Dawson of Washington, 
D. C; Dr. M. T. Rankin, secretary of the Foreign Mission Board; Dr. J. 
B. Lawrence, secretary of the Home Mission Board; Dr. W. F. Powell, 
pastor of First Baptist Church of Nashville, Tenn.; Dr. Louie D. Newton, 
pastor of Druid Hills Baptist Church of Atlanta and president of the South- 
ern Baptist Convention; Dr. Duke K. McCall, secretary of the Southern 
Baptist Convention; Dr. Charles H. Durham, Baptist leader and former 
member; and Dr. Sankey L. Blanton, dean of the School of Religion of 
Wake Forest University. 

BULLETINS - MICROFILMING 

The church news bulletin, The Informer, was first sent to every family 
in the church on February 24, 1949, and has been published weekly since 
that date. 

Many valuable minutes, early church rolls, biographies of pastors 
and various other articles of the church relating information up to 1963 
were microfilmed in October, 1963 and placed in the information center 
at Dover Memorial Library at Gardner-Webb College. This central infor- 
mation center is for persons seeking historical information about the Kings 
Mountain Baptist Association and its 70 churches as well as serving a 
valuable service to churches for safekeeping of their valuable records. 

The Biblical Recorder was the only religious paper in the South that 
continued publication during the Civil War and now continues to speak 
for Southern Baptists. Editor during the Civil War was J. D. Hufham, who 
later became pastor of this church. 

Founded June 29, 1835, The Recorder was first edited by Thomas 



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Meredith, for whom Meredith College is named. The pamphlet has been 
a constant source of religious refreshment to the Baptists of North Caro- 
lina. 

In February, 1969, the church voted to send The Recorder to each 
family, college student and to each serviceman. 

A First Baptist pastor, Rev. T. R. Gaines, had the distinction of 
editing the first church paper published in North Carolina in 1865. En- 
titled "The Baptist Church and Sunday School Messenger", the pamphlet, 
published monthly, was devoted to the Baptist cause and Sabbath School 
interests but lasted only six months for lack of patronage. 

In 1881 a committee from the Kings Mountain Association recom- 
mended the Biblical Recorder as the medium best calculated to defend the 
Baptist faith and practices as a denomination and requested that the Re- 
corder be placed with every family in the Association. 

NEW PROGRAMS 

On January 15, 1964, Rev. John Lawrence presented a request from 
the Cleveland Association of Governmental Officials (CAGO) in which 
this local body sought to apply for funds from the North Carolina Fund to 
establish a program of experimentation in improving conditions of the less 
fortunate citizens of this area. This was one of the first anti-poverty 
agencies in the state and a forerunner of other federal anti-poverty pro- 
grams to be implemented in the county. The request for endorsement of 
this program was approved. 

Rev. Lawrence also reported that the Human Relations Council, of 
which he was chairman, was arranging an integrated worship service for 
the evening of February 9, 1964, Race Relations Sunday throughout 
America, and that the Cleveland County Ministerial Association had voted 
the worship service be held that night. The First Baptist auditorium was 
offered for the service, which was to become the first annual Community 
Worship Service in which all denominations participated. Dr. F. Eppling 
Reinartz, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, 
S. C, was guest minister. The meeting was fully integrated with one lay- 
man estimating the audience was 65 percent white and 35 percent Negro. 

Feeling a definite need for church membership training, the consti- 
tution and bylaws were changed in April, 1964. Those coming upon pro- 
fession of faith as candidates for baptism are required to attend four 
classes in which they will be instructed in the doctrines of the church and 
informed as to the various organizational and stewardship opportunities. 
Those coming from a church of another denomination, if that denomina- 
tion practices a form of baptism other than immersion, are requested to 
attend the classes and instructions and on completion will be approved 
for membership and immersion. If immersion is practiced or if the person 
comes from a Baptist Church in the Southern Baptist Convention, he will 
be invited to attend the classes and will be received or baptised as the 
case renders itself. Those coming from a Baptist Church not affiliated 
with the Southern Baptist Convention or those coming for reinstatement 
are requested to attend the four classes and instruction. 



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EXTENSION WORK 

In addition to carrying on extension work at the local hospital and at 
the county home before it was closed in 1967, First Baptist has aided in 
the organization of many new churches. Among these are Second Baptist, 
Highland, King's Chapel (now Churchill Drive), Westview, Calvary and 
Peach Street. 

The church gave $5,007.43 to Elizabeth Baptist Church after it was 
burned in December, 1954 and has given to many other churches, among 
them, in addition to those already mentioned, being Ramseur Baptist 
Church, Ellis Memorial Baptist, Pleasant Ridge, Putnam Memorial, Light 
Oak, Midview Baptist, Washington Baptist, Macedonia Baptist, Fruitland, 
Mull's Chapel, and others. 

The church had purchased on March 1 1, 1901 for the sum of $75 a 
lot located "in the Southwest square of the town of Shelby" from Shelby 
Cotton Mill on which a Baptist Chapel was erected. When the Second 
Baptist Church organization was underway the First Baptist Church on 
October 14, 1908 offered to lease the chapel for the term of one year and 
church members were invited to participate in the organization of the 
Second Baptist on Sunday, October 18, 1908. On February, 1909, First 
Baptist voted that the chapel building be donated to the new church, 
granting permission to move it to the new site selected by the church. On 
April 21, 1909 the church instructed T. D. Lattimore, M. N. Hamrick and 
J. S. Wray, deacons, to sell to Shelby Cotton Mill for the sum of $75 the 
vacant lot from which the chapel had been moved. 

With a history for helping others, minutes show that in May, 1927, 
the church sent several boxes of clothing and supplies to flood sufferers in 
the Mississippi valley and the following month sent two more boxes and 
$90. White Christmas is an annual event and many indigent families in 
the community benefit from this effort to collect food. 

In 1954, deacons voted to have two deacons visit the sick and two 
visit new members each month. At the same time, they raised the monthly 
pay to Baptist orphanages to $100 monthly and brought the welfare fund 
up to $100 per month. 

ROLLS REVIEWED 

Although the church had practiced many years ago keeping its mem- 
bership roll active, the custom had not been followed for some time until 
January 1 1, 1956 when 133 names were stricken from the roll of non- 
resident members who had not attended in five years. This practice con- 
tinues today when the list is reviewed once a year in accordance with the 
constitution. 

CHURCH PASTORS 

Of the 32 ministers who have served as pastors of First Baptist 
Church, many had followed other occupations prior to becoming servants 
of the Lord. Church records reveal that their diversified occupations had 
included legislators, educators, teachers, newspaper editors and publishers, 
clerk of court, lawyer, college presidents, farmers, missionaries and ath- 



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letes. Only one bachelor pastor has ever been called by the church; one 
other had been a Catholic priest and was a German by birth. 

They are: 

J. M. Webb 1847-1849 

M. C. Barnette 1850, 1866-1870 
Wade Hill 1851, 1860, 1872-75 

A. J. Cansler 1853-1856 

Thomas Dixon 1857-1859 

E. A. Crawley 1861-63, 1864-65 



T. R. Gaines 

Needham B. Cobb 

A. L. Stough 

J. A. White 

W. A. Nelson 

R. D. Mallary 1883, 

W. B. Bussey 

W. H. Strickland 

J. M. McManaway 

G. P. Hamrick 



J. L. Sproles 1892-1894 

J. D. Hufham 1894-1896 

R. F. Tredway 1897 1902 

W. D. Hubbard 1903-1904 

M. E. Parrish 1904-1908 

C. A. Jenkins 1908-191 1 

1863-1864 L. W. Swope 1912-1916 

1870-1872 Lee M. White 1917-1918 

1875-1879 J. Marcus Kester 1919-1922 

1880 Robert L. Lemons 1923-1925 

1880-1883 Zeno Wall 1925-1948 

1885, 1887 Harlan Harris 1948-1953 

1884-1885 John E. Lawrence 1954-1964 

1885-1887 Forrest Feezor- Interim 1 964-1 965 

1887-1890 Joseph T. McClain 1965-1968 

1890-1892 Gene L. Watterson 1969- 



Fourteen of the pastors were natives of North Carolina, five of South 
Carolina, two of Virginia, two of Alabama and one each from Georgia, 
West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, England, Ger- 
many and Oklahoma. 

REV. C. O. GREENE 

First Baptist congregations have come to love the Rev. C. 0. Greene 
as he has served as supply pastor in the pulpit many times, more recently 
since the resignation of Dr. Joe McClain in October, 1968 until his suc- 
cessor was named. Rev. Greene has served as Superintendent of Missions 
in the Kings Mountain Association for nearly 10 years and prior to his 
present position was pastor for four years of Stough Memorial Baptist 
Church (named for former pastor, A. L. Stough) in Pineville; seven years 
as pastor of Gary Baptist Church; and held pastorates in Cleveland County 
at New Bethel, Double Shoals and Lawndale Baptist Churches. 

50 and 60-YEAR MEMBERSHIPS 

Many in today's congregations hold long-time memberships in the 
church. Among those with 60 or more years as members are Miss Ollie 
Hamrick (who heads the list with 78 years), Mrs. E. B. Lattimore, Mrs. 
Paul Webb, Mrs. Mayme Wray Webb, Mrs. Nelson Lattimore, Miss Agnes 
McBrayer, V. F. Hamrick, Mrs. George Blanton, Sr., Mrs. Zeb Mauney, 
Miss Ruby McBrayer, Mrs. Dewitt Quinn, Mrs. Pansy B. Fetzer, Mrs. Olan 
Hamrick, Miss Lottie May Hendrick, A. V. Hamrick, Miss Lucille Nix, Mrs. 
Grady Lovelace, George Washburn, Mrs. D. W. Royster, Harry Woodson, 
Miss Flossie Grigg, Mrs. Charles Eskridge, Sr., Mrs. Maggie Alexander 
and Miss Mary Nelson Moore. 

Among those whose memberships span 50 years are Mrs. J. W. Bran- 



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ton, Mrs. P. F. Grigg, Mrs. Rush Hamrick, Sr., Cline Hendrick, Mrs. Fred 
Costner, Willis McMurry, Mrs. O. V. Hamrick, Sr., Perry Sellers, Miss Lucy 
Hamrick, Hackett Wilson, Miss Avie Weathers, Mrs. Tom Moore, Miss 
Bessie McBrayer, Mrs. Helen Casstevens, Tilden Falls, Mrs. C. Oren Ham- 
rick, Mrs. Hubbard Hamrick, Mrs. Maurice Weathers, J. G. Dudley, Jr., 
Mrs. Jap Suttle, Mrs. Cecil Gilliatt, Mrs. Gerald Morgan, Mrs. Charles 
Austell, Miss Laura Cornwell, Mrs. A. V. Nolan, Mrs. Paul Hawkins, 
Mrs. Clyde Moore, Mrs. A. H. Morgan, Carlos Hopper, Alton Hopper, Mrs. 
George Carpenter, Ben Ely Hendrick, Mrs. Earl Meacham, J. Ray Lutz, Mrs. 
Hopson Austell, Lloyd Lutz, Holly Eskridge, Mrs. Eva Newman, Earle A. 
Hamrick, Mrs. Earle A. Hamrick, C. Oren Hamrick, Mrs. Penry Owen, B. 
F. Spangler, Mrs. Plato Grigg. 

Also, Mrs. W. B. Metcalf, Mrs. Clarence Newman, Mrs. J. M. Hall, 
Mrs. Erma Grayson, Miss Ruth Mundy, R. Hubbard Hamrick, Mrs. J. W. 
Suttle, Tom Moore, Mrs. Lloyd Lutz, Mrs. Worth Branton, Charles R. 
Eskridge and Mrs. Jean Thompson. 

CHURCH HOSTESSES 

During the pastorate of Dr. Zeno Wall the practice of church suppers 
was begun and has continued. It was Dr. Wall's belief that "good fellow- 
ship always prevailed around a table" and he often remarked that he 
rejoiced with his "flock" at the Sunday and Wednesday evening suppers. 
Sunday suppers were discontinued in 1966 but Wednesday suppers con- 
tinue to be held from September through May, or during the school 
months. Five women have served as church hostesses, namely Mrs. Raye 
(L. J.) Baley, Mrs. Grady Lovelace, Mrs. B. M. Jarrett, Mrs. Plato Grigg 
and Mrs. L. P. Williams. 

STATESMEN 

Beginning with the first pastor, Rev. James Milton Webb, who serv- 
ed as a Representative in the N. C. General Assembly, First Baptist has 
furnished many statesmen and politicians. James L. Webb was a district 
solicitor for 12 years, superior court judge for 36 years and state senator 
1883-85 and 1887-89. E. Y. Webb was a member of the N. C. Senate, 
1900, U. S. Congressman for 17 years and Federal judge for 28 years; 
Odus M. Mull served six regular and two special terms between 1907 
and 1941 in the N. C. House of Representatives and was Speaker of the 
House in 1 941 ; O. Max Gardner was a State Senator, 1910-16 and Presi- 
dent pro tern in 1915, Lieutenant Governor, 1916-20, Governor of North 
Carolina, 1928-32, and appointed by President Harry Truman to be the 
U.S. representative at the Court of St. James although he died February 
6, 1947, a few hours before he was to sail for London; B. T. Falls, mem- 
ber of the N. C. House of Representatives, 1924-28; Lee B. Weathers, 
N. C. Senator, 1943-51; Henry B. Edwards, N. C. House of Representa- 
tives, 1931-32; Ralph W. Gardner, N. C. Senate, 1939-41; C. C. Horn, 
N. C. House, 1945-46; B. T. Falls, Jr., six terms in the N. C. House 
between 1943 and 1957, Superior Court solicitor, 1957-65, and appointed 
Superior Court judge in July, 1965. 



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COMMUNITY LEADERS 

Many members and former members of First Baptist have been tap- 
ped for community honors. When Van H. Ramsey, the church's minister 
of music, was named recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the 
Shelby Jaycees for outstanding service rendered during the year 1968, he 
became the eighteenth member of the church to receive that honor out 
of the total 28 recipients. Others have been L. J. (Bill) Baley, Jr., '43; 
C. Rush Hamrick, Jr., '47; Walter Fanning, '48; Carlos Young, '49; John 
Ed Davis, '51; Harlan Harris, '52; J. L. Wilkie, '53; J. A. West, '54; 
Charles Heath, '57; Max Butler, '58; F. DeLane Davis, '59; Dr. Robert 
Litton, '60; Ronald Hawkins, '61; Ronald Austell, '62; Jim Horn, '64; 
Roddey Eaves, '65; John Brock, '66. 

Of the thirty-three men honored by the Shelby Lions Club as "Citi- 
zens of The Year," nineteen have been members of the church. They are: 
Harry Woodson, '37; Lee B. Weathers, '38; O. M. Mull, '40; Dr. T. B. 
Mitchell, '42; O. Max Gardner, '43; J. R. Dover, Jr., '45; J' Lowery Aus- 
tell, '48; Cecil L. Gilliatt, '52; Dr. H. S. Plaster, '53; Mai A. Spongier, Sr., 
'57; Harold Love, '59; Lloyd C. Bost, '60; Horace Easom, '61; R. Patrick 
Spangler, '63; J. L. Suttle, Jr., '64; Dr. Avery W. McMurry, '66; Hoyt 
Q. Bailey, '67; C. Rush Hamrick, Jr., '68, and Earl W. Spangler, '69. 

"Shelby's Woman of the Year" Honors awarded by the Shelby Busi- 
ness and Professional Women's Club have been bestowed on twelve mem- 
bers out of a total of twenty-one recipients: Miss Selma Webb, '48; Mrs. 
Cecil Gilliatt, '51; Mrs. George M. Carpenter, '52; Mrs. Rush Stroup, '54; 
Mrs. L. W. Short, '55; Mrs. E. V. Moore, '56; Mrs. B. M. Jarrett, '60; 
Mrs. O. N\ax Gardner, Sr., '61; Mrs. Griffin P. Smith, '62; Mrs. C. Rush 
Hamrick, Jr., '63; Mrs. Roy Propst, '66; and Mrs. Harold W. Causby, '68. 

In 1965 the Shelby Business and Professional Woman's Club began 
awarding the "Young Career Woman of the Year," this honor going to 
Miss Ann Yarborough in 1967. 

IN CRUSADES 

Pastor John Lawrence went to Paraguay, South America to work with 
the Evangelistic Crusade in October, 1959 and the Rev. Roland Leath, 
who was ordained by Dr. Forrest C. Feezor on December 16, 1964, parti- 
cipated in a simultaneous revival crusade in September, 1963, in Conti- 
nental Europe on invitation of the Foregn Mission Board. 

LATEST LAND PURCHASES 

On July 20, 1964, by deed recorded in Book 10-0 on page 486, the 
First Baptist Church acquired for the sum of $18,000 a tract of land 
fronting 50!/2 feet on North Washington Street and 1 10 feet on Sumter 
Street on which had been located the Shelby Creamery. Later, on Janu- 
ary 1, 1968, the church acquired the Clyde Short property fronting 64.75 
feet on Sumter Street and 64.8 feet on Dale Street, the church now owning 
the entire block on which the facilities are located, plus the parking lot on 
Sumter and North LaFayette. The Short property was purchased for the 
sum of $60,000. 

Two lots on North LaFayette Street just north of West Sumter Street 



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were acquired by the church on March 18, 1960 for $62,500 and are re- 
corded in Book 8-R on page 457, Book 8-R on page 485, and Book 8-R 
on page 461. The property fronts 125 feet on North LaFayette Street 
and 130 feet on West Sumter Street. Originally acquired for a youth 
building, the lot was later paved and metered in co-operation with the 
city, which made capital improvements of around $7,000. This indebted- 
ness is to be retired monthly by revenue from the parking meters,, the 
lease to run 15 years with a provision of its being terminated by either 
party by a 60 days notification in writing. At the end of 1 5 years the 
church would own the improvement and meters. 

Plans for a youth activities building to be located on the site of the 
Short property at an estimated cost of $51 5,000 were presented in August, 
1968, but were suspended two months later. C. L. Vaughn Associates was 
paid $9,075 for the plans. 

In all, eight parcels of land have been bought for the church. All 
deeds are recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds office in the 
Court House annex. 

BAPTISTS DATE BACK TO 1727 

The first Baptist church ever "planted" in North Carolina was organ- 
ized in Chowan in 1727; the second in 1743; and the third in 1755, ac- 
cording to the Kings Mountain Association history. The Baptists could 
do little in this state until after American independence and by 1784, 
only 42 churches had been established with 3,200 members and 47 min- 
isters. Records of 1877 boasted of 1,442 churches, 793 ministers and 
over 1 37,000 members. 

The first Baptist church to be organized in what is now Cleveland 
County was Sandy Run at Mooresboro, established in 1788, secondly, 
Zion Baptist Church in 1816; and Zoar Baptist which was formed in 
1837. 

At the time of publication (summer, 1969), the First Baptist Church 
with 2,225 members ranked sixth in size among the 3,456 Baptist churches 
in North Carolina, falling in place behind Greensboro First, Charlotte First, 
Asheville First, Green Street in High Point and Prichard Memorial in Char- 
lotte. The number of Baptists in this state has reached 1,007,194 and is 
the third largest state in the Southern Baptist Convention. Shelby's First 
Baptist ranks second in Foreign Missions; fifth in Training Unon; fourth 
in Sunday School attendance; and first in Brotherhood. 

Unprecedented changes and innovations have been witnessed by the 
First Baptist Church congregations in the past few years and even the 
past few months as astronauts walk in space and succeed in landing on the 
moon . . . indeed, a far cry from the days of 1847 when our 25 valiant 
pioneers kindled a spiritual flame that has shared its warmth with people 
of this area and with those of remote lands through the mission field. 
From this vantage peak of our 122nd anniversary, we behold a progres- 
sive panorama of achievements and exploits which has enriched the lives 
of all . . . but it is from the peak also that the need for Christian character 
and righteousness of life may be re-emphasized, not only as we review 



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the past, but as we consider the future. 

On the reverse side of a dollar bill at the apex of the pyramid in the 
seal is a Latin inscription which means "He (God) has favored our under- 
takings." Just as that was what the founders of this nation believed and 
affirmed, it is also our affirmation as we read through the aged and fad- 
ing pages of the history of this church. 

For sure, the First Baptist Church's reputation for being one of the 
state's mightiest churches remains secure and unchallenged. 




Auditorium of the second church before it was completely finished on Christmas 
Eve, 1889 at wedding of William Hackett Blanton and Delia Hamrick, parents of 
Mrs. Pansy Blanton Fetzer. The church was overflowing for the elaborate wedding, 
first to take place in the church and at which Rev. f. M. McManaway presided. A 
reception followed at the Commercial Hotel. Members of the wedding party were 
(not all pictured): Addie Lynch (Mrs. Will Dameron) , Dora Hamrick (Mrs. W. H. 
lennings), Ollie McBrayer (Mrs. S. S. Royster), lulia Wilson (Mrs. |. D. Andrews), 
Fannie Wray (Mrs. fohn Hudson). Hattie Kendrick, Kitty Andrews, Emma Suttle, 
Clco Gardner (Mrs. Tom Robinson), Hattie Lattimore (Mrs. W. B. Nix); H. De- 
catur Wibon. W. C. Corbett, S. S. Rovster. J. F. Ware. C. C. Gidnev, Hill Blanton, 
lames Wilson, Dr. I. A. Harrill. W. B. Wray, B. E. Hamrick. 



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MUSIC DEPARTMENT 

AND 

DEPARTMENT OF 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 

The church has always furnished both a theme and a patron for 
music and First Baptist Church has a right to be humbly proud of this 
queen of the Arts which has inspired its congregations through the years. 
Good sacred music has enriched the worship of this church through its 
expanding years to the point that it is now tradition — a reputation that 
has come about through dedicated, consecrated musicians. 

Because several of the ministers of music have also served in the 
dual capacity of directors of religious education, these two departments 
are combined in the church history. 

Paid directors of music began in the year 1912 and since that date, 
ten persons have dedicated their talents in that position. 

E. A. (Ezra) Ruppe served the church as minister of music during 
two periods - October 15, 1912, for 11 months, and August 25, 1920 for 
one year. It may be noted here that the church ordered Ruppe licensed 
to preach on September 8, 1920. 

Harry M. Pippin served as the second minister of music, beginning 
on August 24, 1924 and serving until October 1, 1927, the church being 
without a paid director from September, 1913 until August of 1920. 

J. O. Reynolds, who also served as assistant pastor, directed the 
music from November 20, 1927 until May, 1928. 

Horace Easom, director of religious education and minister of music, 
served from August 5, 1928 to September 1, 1934 and again from August 
1, 1936 to June 1, 1947. 

Harold C. Seefeldt was music director from November, 1934 until 
the spring of 1 936. 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Hamrick came to the church in July, 1947 and 
directed the program of music until December, 1949. 

Roland M. Leath served as educational director and music director 
from January 1, 1950 until January, 1966. Mr. Leath served as director 
of all the choirs and the Male Chorus until 1961 when Miss Carole Pear- 
son, youth director, became director of the Girls' Ensemble and Mrs. 
Blake McWhirter took over the junior choir. 

John Bascom Ward came to the church on January 23, 1966 and 
served until October 27, 1966 as music director. 

Van H. Ramsey joined the church staff as minister of music in Jan- 



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uary, 1967 and continues in that role today. 

Only one person has served solely as director of religious education 
and that was Miss Lucille Welch, whose short term began January 5, 1 949 
and continued until August 18, 1949. Harlan Harris, who assumed his 
duties as assistant pastor and educational director in January, 1948, 
continued until April 4, 1948 when he became pastor, succeeding Dr. 
Zeno Wall who had resigned to become superintendent of the Baptist 
Children's Home in Thomasville. 

MRS. H. S. PLASTER, Organist 

In one of the longest and most dedicated periods of service in the 
history of First Baptist Church, Mrs. Hubert S. Plaster has been at the 
organ to help the church attain the heights in the musical realm where 
it stands at present. C. Rush Hamrick, chairman of the music committee, 
recommended Mrs. Plaster, then Miss Ruth Howie, for church organist 
on February 16, 1927 and she has served since that date with exception of 
a period in the early 1 940's when she suffered an attack of pernicious 
anemia. She has been one of the all-time greats as an accompanist and 




Mrs. H. S. Plaster . . . organist for 42 years. 

musician and has gained the respect and admiration of all who know and 
work with her. 

Dr. Zeno Wall, under whose ministry she has served the longest, 
said of Mrs. Plaster "She was the outstanding organist in my 50 years in 
the ministry" and he referred constantly to her faithfulness and to her 



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wonderful Christian spirit. 

In a special "Queen For a Night" program on February 25, 1965 
when her church associates and friends tributed her service, Dr. Eugene 
Poston, president of Gardner-Webb College where she was an organ 
instructor, noted that her influence is not only felt locally, but around the 
world since some of her college students who have studied under her in 
the music department there are now serving in places throughout the 
world. Mr. Leath praised her excellence of musicianship, "surpassed only 
by her marvelous spirit of cooperation and understanding." 

Reared in Abbeville, S. C, Mrs. Plaster was the oldest daughter in 
a family of seven children, one of whom was Thomas Dry Howie, the 
famed "Major of St. Lo" in World War II. She began piano lessons at 
eight years of age and remembers her first triumph when she learned to 
play "A Little Ray of Sunshine." Playing the piano for church services at 
age 10, by age 14 she played the pipe organ in tine new church there 
before she had had formal organ training. Later she studied under Dr. 
Orlando Mansfield at Brenau College Conservatory in Gainesville, Go., 
completing work for a Bachelor's degree in pipe organ and piano, after 
which she did graduate work in pubic school music and piano at the 
University of Wisconsin and later took education courses at the University 
of North Carolina and at Catawba College. 

After teaching elementary school and piano in Abbeville for a period, 
Mrs. Plaster came to Shelby on invitation to teach here by Superintendent 
I. C. Griffin whom she had met at Chapel Hill. Arriving in 1925, she was 
music teacher for the city system in addition to teaching at South Shelby 
elementary school for four years and at LaFayette School for four and 
one-half years. 

She and Dr. Plaster, a dentist, were married in 1927, Dr. Plaster a 
musician in his own right, being a violinist and a member of the church 
choir. Their only daughter, Vicki, has a lovely soprano voice and sang with 
the church choir until her schooling interrupted. Vicki, now Mrs. Leland 
David Whitelock, Jr., graduated from the University of Maryland School 
of Medicine and after interning at the Public Health Hospital in Balti- 
more, joined the private practice of an older physician in Norfolk, Va.. 
where she continues her practice at present. Her husband, also a doctor, 
is head of the Department of Opthamology in Public Health Hospital in 
Norfolk. They are parents of three daughters, Elizabeth, Lilliann Plaster 
and Susan Ruth. 

In addition to playing for regular church services and functions, Mrs. 
Plaster has provided music for hundreds of weddings and funerals during 
her 42-year tenure at First Baptist. She taught organ at Gardner-Webb 
from 1953 until 1966, on which she commented: "College teaching is 
the mosf rewarding thing I have ever done. It's such a joy to be able to 
guide a person in the exciting adventure of music." 

Remaining with Mrs. Plaster is her mother's precept that musical 
talent is a gift from God. No one will argue that she has wrapped her 
gift in charm and dignity and shared it with all who would partake. 



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EARLIER ORGANISTS 

Serving as church organists prior to Mrs. Plaster were Mrs. W. B. Nix, 
first to be mentioned in available church records; in rapid succession Mrs. 
W. L. Carroll, Miss Cora Barnett and Mrs. R. F. Tredway; Mrs. H. T. 
Hudson, who was the first to perform at the pipe organ on September 6, 
191 1; Mrs. J. L. Suttle; Mrs. Lee M. White; Mrs. Dewitt Quinn, who was 
choir director and organist at a salary of $10 per month; Miss Bertha 
Bostick; Miss Mary Helen Lattimore (now Mrs. Heath Pemberton); Miss 
Mary Adelaide Roberts (Mrs. Charles Austell); Miss Eugenia Holland 
(Mrs. Charles Wall, Jr.) ; Mrs. A. Pitt Beam; Miss Bertie Lee Suttle (Mrs. 
Joe T. Cabaniss) . 

It is recorded that after preaching services on July 10, 1904, the 
church treasurer was ordered to pay $2.50 for music for the choir. 

On April 5, 1908, a conference was called and it was recommended 
that the church pay the organist and choir director $5 per month. By 1912 
the salaries were raised to $10 per month and again in 1919 the amount 
was set at $20 a month. 

In the regular conference of January 1921, a resolution was adopted 
"that singing and music are so vital to the worship program that the 
church will heartily cooperate with Ruppe in any movement for improve- 
ment." The first music committee was appointed immediately afterwards 
whose duty was to find at least 50 persons among the membership who 
would agree to take training for a period of six months and to assist Ruppe 
with his work. The committee selected was composed of Forrest Eskridge, 
Paul Webb, C. B. Suttle, Jr., Mrs. O. Max Gardner and Mrs. Dewitt Quinn. 

Since 1927 the choir has been robed in beige crepe donated by 
Cleveland Cloth Mill and made by seamstresses of the church; black 
tailored robes with red satin stoles; black and white robes of light weight 
silk for summer; and the present white silk with green satin stoles. 

When the church building was enlarged during 1928-29, the choir 
space was enlarged, the organ was renovated and the vox humana stop 
and organ chimes added. Space for the choir was enlarged to seat 40 from 
the original space for 19, and the organ console was moved to the floor 
of the auditorium from its original place in the center of the choir where 
a mirror hung over it to allow the organist to watch the congregation and 
the pulpit. 

Five hymnals have been used since 1912: namely, The Baptist 
Hymnal and Praise Book, Hymns of Faith, Modern Hymnal, The Broadman 
Hymnal (given by Mrs. Rush Stroup) , and now the Baptist Hymnal, latest 
hymnal of the Southern Baptists and considered the best Baptist hymnal 
of all. These are bound in brown with gilt lettering to match the walnut 
decor of the sanctuary. 

Through the years the music directors have collected many standard 
beautiful anthems and cantatas. Mr. Easom collected from the older 
school such music as The Sanctus by Gounod and The Gloria from Mozart's 
Twelfth Mass, as well as the Messiah and other fine cantatas. Others have 
added many numbers from later composers. 

Singers from all ages are heard in the regular services at First Baptist 



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and on special occasions when full musical programs are enjoyed. The 
development of music appreciation not only by the choirs but by the con- 
gregation as a whole has shown a steady growth. No music is too difficult 
for the choirs to sing and to enjoy, nor is any number too simple to use if 
the poem and music present some divine truth. As an example, the church 
choir has sung Handel's Messiah, both Easter and Christmas parts, sev- 
eral times. They also love Stainer's numbers or some cantata such as 
DuBois' "Seven Last Words". 

MUSIC LIBRARY 

The music library of the church contains 1,210 individual anthems, 
making it one of the largest and most complete libraries of any church. 
In addition, there are collections containing hundreds of anthems and 
the library also possesses some of the great cantatas and oratorios, all we!l 
filed and catalogued. Recently the library was expanded to include a 
growing and usable library of recordings numbering 120 long-playing 
albums for various church functions or for listening to great church music. 
The library also contains 21 film strips and recordings for music theory 
instruction and music appreciation. 

The choir room, provided in 1953 was the first room ever given to 
the music department and prior to that time choir members robed in the 
halls where the robe cabinet was placed. Also, practice was held in any 
convenient place. In 1962, the church purchased a Steinway piano for 
the practice of the choirs and today the large and adequate room is prob- 
ably the most used room in the church. 

Pianos are placed in all departments where needed. The Gardner 
family gave from their home the fine Miller Grand piano which is placed 
in the drawing room of the church where many happy young couples have 
their wedding receptions. The Gardner family also gave an electric Con- 
sonata organ for Webb Chapel. For many years a grand piano was in the 
sanctuary which had been given by Mai Spangler, Sr. and J. L. Suttle, Jr. 
in honor of Mrs. Ethel Spangler and Mrs. Joe L. Suttle, Sr. 

The Moeller organ in the sanctuary was given by Andrew Carnegie 
and C. C. Blanton in 191 1 and because the church has taken proper care 
of this instrument, today it is a beautifully toned organ functioning in 
every way. The church has had a treasure in this instrument for 58 years. 
There have been two expensive major repairs in these years but with some 
addition in tone structure the organ would be entirely in the class of ex- 
cellent small (two-manual) organs of today. 

It was during Mr. Easom's office that First Baptist had the largest 
combined choir, 175 voices, of any other Baptist Church in the state. 

MALE QUARTET 

One service that the music department rendered for many years was 
that of furnishing music with a male or mixed quartet at funerals over 
the county in various churches since few churches had directors of music 
before the 1950's. This service was practiced for approximately 25 years 
from the early 1 930's through the late 1 950's and, with Mrs. Plaster as 
accompanist, the original quartet was composed of C. Rush Hamrick, 



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E. B. Hill, Mai Spongier and Horace Easom. The quartet sang at more 
than 3,000 funerals during that time. 

A women's quartet which also sang at funerals and on invitation 
throughout the county was composed of Mrs. Bea Suttle Morris, Mrs. A. C. 
Farmer, Mrs. B. M. Jarrett and Mrs. Grady Lovelace. One or two of this 
group often filled in for members of the male quartet when needed. 

SERVICE IN CHOIR 

Many musicians have given many 
years of loving service to the choir, 
among them (prior to the present choir) 
being Mrs. Ben Suttle (now Mrs. R. W. 
Morris', Mr. and Mrs. Grady Lovelace, 
Mrs. D. W. Royster, Mrs. Ralph Royster, 
Mrs. Mildred Hamrick Suttle (now Mrs. 
McMurry Wilkins), Mr. and Mrs. Audie 
Powell, Dr. and Mrs. B. M. Jarret, E. B. 
Hill, Mai Spangler, Sr., and C. Rush 
Hamrick, Sr., the latter having the long- 
est record (over 50 years) as a choir 
singer and one of the most beloved of 
any musician in the church. His fine 
bass voice was heard through many years 
in sacred song throughout this entire 
area before his death on June 2, 1964. 
C. Rush Hamrick 
Others who have rendered many years of service in the choir through 
the past have included Mrs. L. P. Holland, Miss Selma Webb, Miss Amos 
Willis, Hatcher Webb, Miss Bertha Bostick, Miss Egberta North, Tom and 
Josh Lattimore, Miss Lura Smith, Mrs. Luther Ingle, Mrs. Minnie Eddins 
Roberts Carpenter, Mrs. Mary Adelaide Roberts Austell, Mrs. Flossie Grice 
Moore, George Dover, Griffin P. Smith, Mrs. John McArthur, Reid Misen- 
heimer, L. J. (Billl Baley, Mrs. J. F. Abernathy, Dick Howerton, Miss 
Marianna King, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Liles, Hub Panther, Mrs. H. A. Davis, 
Mrs. Zeno Wall, Mrs. A. C. Farmer, Mrs. Roy Price, Mrs. L W. Short, J. G. 
Garrett, Joe Beckham, Lyman Martin, Mrs. Ruby Pate, Mrs. Joe Laugh- 
ridge, Howard Gold, Mrs. Carl Martin, Matilda Jenks, Barbara Elam, 
Woodrow Wall, Mrs. Jean Thompson, Mrs. Enos Beam, Miss Louise Led- 
ford, Mrs. Mae Lattimore Adams, Mrs. Bobby Eskridge, Datha H. Spang- 
ler and Z. Miller Freeman. 

"THE GENERATION" 

Outstanding service is now being rendered in the church by "The 
Generation," which was first organized as The Girls Ensemble in 1952 
by Roland Leath and later became The Sextet. The group is composed of 
from six to eight young ladies of high school age whose voices blend almost 
perfectly in sacred or modern music. 

In early 1968 the name and purpose of The Sextet was changed. 
Calling themselves now "The Generation," it was decided to take the 




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message of Christ and the church into civic clubs and other public secu- 
lar affairs throughout the county. With this addition in purpose the 
group sang 65 concerts in 14 months throughout the length and breadth 
of this state and into other states, in addition to regular participation in 
the worship services of First Baptist. This group is recorded on a long 
playing recording. Members of The Generation are Kathy Panther, Debbie 
Rogers, Susan McDonald, Carol Smith, Gwen Bissette, Jo Ann Yates, Patty 
McBrayer and Connie Clark. 




"THE GENERATION": left to right, Debbie Rogers, Kathy Panther, Patty McBray- 
er, Susan MacDonald, Carol Smith, Gwen Bissette, foAnn Yates. 

YOUNG PEOPLES CHOIR 

Ramsey's "Good News" choir, composed entirely of young members 
of First Baptist Church and numbering around 120, and the "Sing Out 
For Freedom" choir, composed of voices from all denominations, have been 
widely accepted in this area and continue to be heard by capacity au- 
diences in demand performances. 

The "Sing Out for Freedom" choir has an enrollment of 214 of which 
140 are from First Baptist and the remaining 74 from other denominations 
numbering 22 churches in Shelby and Cleveland county. Another unique 
feature of this choir is that it is an integral part of the music program in 
that it rehearses weekly, being the largest choir known in North Carolina 
which meets for weekly rehearsals throughout the year except summer. 



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Performance of the two choirs include personal testimonies as well as 
inspirational singing and it is agreed that this type of musical organization 
has been one of the most acceptable in the history of the church. Record- 
ings of these choirs have been made available to the membership and to 
the public. 

A singing group of boys of senior high school age was organized in 
March, 1969, which is comparable to The Generation and to the Boy's 
Octette which performed in 1962. The name of this group is The Revela- 
tion and its members include Chris Hudson, Tim Martin, and Bobby Caus- 
by. Linda Hamrick is pianist. 

Twelve choirs are active today under the direction of Van Ramsey. 
They include: Beginners, two Primary, Junior, Junior High, Senior High, 
Adult, Men's, Young People's Singout, The Generation, Junior High Triple 
Trio choirs and The Revelation. 

The two Primary choirs are directed by Mrs. Van H. Ramsey and Mrs. 
Mickey LeCroy. 

In the spring of 1967 the Adult choir premiered in North Carolina a 
cantata by Mary Caldwell entitled "Of Time and Eternity." 

Rehearsals began February 6, 1969 for a new program by the 
church's singing young people, "A Better Life." All grades seven through 
12 were invited to participate as in the "Sing Out" and "Good News" 
choirs. 

SINGING TOURS 

A five-state tour was made in August of this year in which 45 young 
singers participated with Ramsey as their leader, the tour route planned 
along the Gulf of Mexico. In 1967 a similar group toured the midwest 
and in the summer of 1968 the tour included Georgia and Florida. 

One of the highlights of the youthful singing groups came on July 21 , 
1966 when 37 youths composing the Chapel Choir and five adults from 
First Baptist boarded a chartered bus for the metropolitan area of New 
York City on a 10-day home mission project. They worked directly in 
eight churches in and around New York City in an attempt to win souls to 
Christ through choir concerts, vacation Bible school work, telephone sur- 
veys and personal witness. Their field was a rich one since it was esti- 
mated that 16 million persons lived in the area covered by the Southern 
Baptist metropolitan area work and approximately one-half of that popu- 
lation was thought to never attend church. 

Music played a large part in the mission effort with choir concerts 
given in Immanuel Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Va., and in First 
Polish Baptist Church in Brooklyn in addition to furnishing music in the 
major churches of the mission. 

Accompanists who have served with various choirs include Mrs. 
Newlin Schenck, Mrs. John Kester, Mrs. Richard Murphy, Miss Elaine 
Harris, Mrs. Oscar Stuart, Mrs. Julian Hamrick, Jo Ann Yates, Patty Mc- 
Brayer, Mrs. Bill Silver, Mrs. Jim Wilson, Carol Smith, Linda Hamrick 
and Sarah Sullivan. 

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and became interested in organ and church music while a member of 
this church. Mrs. Plaster encouraged his interest in the organ and he went 
into formal organ training and religious work. He is currently minister of 
music at Terry Parker Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., leaving this 
church to accept the position as editor of beginner and primary music 
materials at the Sunday School Board but stayed only six months before 
being called to return to this church. 

E. A. RUPPE 

The first choir director and educational director, E. A. Ruppe, was a 
native of Ohio and after graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago 
was song leader and choir director for traveling evangelists. During his 
first term of service with First Baptist he was instrumental in starting the 
BYPU (now BTU). After leaving Shelby he lived in Dodge City, Kansas 
for several years. Never strong physically, he had almost a lifetime fight 
against tuberculosis and was a patient and assistant chaplain in Kansas 
State Sanatorium at Norton, Kansas from 1939 until his death in March, 
1966. 

The Kan-San, publication of the Kansas State Sanatorium, in its 
May-June, 1962 issue paid tribute to Mr. Ruppe, who had spent 23 years 
in the institution where he called on patients, distributed religious litera- 
ture, read scripture to those who requested it, wrote letters for those who 
were unable to write for themselves and performed many other duties 
in a religious leadership. He managed the sanatorium's greenhouse for 
four years and worked as a spiritual counselor, becoming in July, 1955 
the institution's chaplain. He was ordained a minister in the Missionary 
Church Association on December 18, 1955. He left the sanatorium to 
return to his home and family in California in June, 1956, but return- 
ed to the sanatorium in April, 1957 for reasons of health and served as 
assistant chaplain until his death. 

Mrs. Ruppe died January 22, 1967 in California. 

HARRY M. PIPPIN 

Harry M. Pippin was a native of Ozark, Ala., and graduate of the 
Bible Institute of New Orleans. He also worked with some of the leading 
Southern Baptist evangelist ministers as song director. While in evange- 
listic work he suffered an injury which forced him to give up these duties 
and he entered the business world, conducting a successful grocery busi- 
ness while engaging in church work on the side. He died in Augusta, Ga., 
February 16, 1957. 

HORACE EASOM 

Horace Easom, native North Carolinian from Smithfield in Johnston 
County, has become synonomous with Baptist work over the state. Serving 
this church as music and education director for a total of 17 years, he is 
the son of James H. and Mary Parrish Easom. 

Educated at Buies Creek Academy (now Campbell College), Wake 
Forest College and New York School of Music and Arts, he served in 
World War I and afterwards became director of education and music at 



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Southside Church in Wilmington in 1921. Other churches in which he 
served in the same capacity are First Baptist of Asheville; First Baptist of 
Dallas, Texas; and Buffalo Baptist near Shelby. Between 1947 and 1952 
he led the Wake Forest Enlargement Campaign to raise $2 million through 
the state's Baptist churches and afterwards was the state's first Brother- 
hood secretary, and secretary of the Baptist Foundation. 

Easom retired in 1958 but promptly became director of public re- 
lations for Union Trust Company in Shelby. He has been a member of the 
Wake Forest College Board of Trustees, the Gardner-Webb College Board 
of Trustees, and the Advisory Committee for Gardner- Webb. He also 
served as campaign chairman for the enlargement and development of 
Gardner-Webb, which was known at the time as Boiling Springs Junior 
College. 

He has directed music for the State Convention, the State Evangelistic 
Conference and for several Baptist assemblies. He has also served as 
Moderator for the Kings Mountain Baptist Association and is one of the 
Christian Laymen's Witnessing Organization. A civic-minded individual, 
he was named "Man of the Year" in 1961 by the Shelby Lions Club; serv- 
ed as Lieutenant Governor of Division One for Carolina Kiwanis; chaplain 
for the American Legion Post No. 82. He is currently executive director 
of the Cleveland County United Fund, Inc., a post he has held since July 
1, 1961. 

In 1926 he married Margaret Stevens of Clinton, N. C. and they have 
a daughter, Margaret (Mrs. Robert Litton), and three grandchildren. One 
son, Horace Easom, Jr., died in infancy. 

HAROLD SEEFELDT 

Harold Seefeldt, education and music director between Mr. Easom's 
terms, became superintendent of the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home 
in Brinkley, Arkansas after leaving Shelby and retired from that position 
in 1966. 

MR. AND MRS. JOE D. HAMRICK 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Hamrick came to Shelby from Winston-Salem, 
Mr. Hamrick coming to serve as administrator of Cleveland Memorial 
Hospital although he had been a school man and band director. While 
residing here, Mr. Hamrick directed music at First Baptist and Mrs. Ham- 
rick, the former Elizabeth Tavis of Winston-Salem, directed the music at 
Central Methodist Church, the two working together in the field of music. 

The Shelby Choral Club was organized by the two with Mr. Hamrick 
serving as director of the 100 voices, Mrs. Hamrick singing the solo con- 
tralto parts and Mrs. Robert Gidney the soprano solos. Tenor and bass 
guest soloists were invited to join the group at special performances. The 
group lacked leadership after Mr. and Mrs. Hamrick returned to Winston- 
Salem in December, 1949 and disbanded soon afterwards. 

Mr. Hamrick was a native of Rutherford County and a tenor while 
Mrs. Hamrick, a graduate of Westminster Choir School, was an outstand- 
ing contralto and toured with the Westminster Choir in Europe. They had 
three children, Jeannie, Lynn and Dow. Mr. Hamrick died not too long 



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after they returned to Winston-Salem. 

ROLAND LEATH 

Roland Leath, native Texan, was educated at Ottawa University, 
Ottawa, Kansas; North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington, Texas; 
Mary-Hardin Baylor College in Belton, Texas; Texas Christian University 
in Fort Worth; Southwestern Theological Seminary at Fort Worth and Fort 
Worth Conservatory of Music. Following high school he traveled through 
the west and midwest with an evangelistic team, entering the fulltime work 
of religious education and music in 1934. Before coming to Shelby's First 
Baptist, he served at First Baptist in Little Rock, Arkansas; First Baptist 
in Temple, Texas; Travis Avenue Baptist and Rosen Heights Baptist in 
Fort Worth; and First Baptist in Paris, Texas. He was ordained to preach 
December 16, 1964, and became assistant pastor of the church on August 
18, 1965. 

An accomplished pianist, Rev. Leath has aided in the music field at 
Ridgecrest and Caswell Baptist Assemblies; has been active in Training 
Union programs and in all religious affairs of Gardner-Webb College and 
in Cleveland County. Under his leadership the Sunday School enrollment 
increased from 1 ,63 1 to over 2,200 and Training Union enrollment tripled; 
the adult Sunday School enrollment was graded and he spearheaded the 
organization of additional departments. He has also been active in the 
Baptist State Convention, serving two terms on the N. C. General Board 
and secretary for the Commission on Higher Education for the board. 

He served as president of the eighth district for the Training Union 
Department of North Carolina during the years 1956-61, and as president 
of the North Carolina Educational Directors' Conference of the Baptist 
State Convention in 1961-1962. 

In February, 1955 the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention invited Rev. Leath to participate in an enlargement campaign 
among the newly organized Southern Baptist churches of the greater Los 
Angeles area and he served in a teaching and organizational capacity in 
the Norwalk Southern Baptist Church of Los Angeles, Calif. 

Rev. Leath set up the Cherub Choir for ages four and five; the Carol 
Choir for ages six through eight; the Crusader Choir for Junior boys; the 
Concord Choir for junior girls; the chapel choir for Intermediates; Girls' 
Ensemble; the Male Chorus; and Senior Choir. In September, 1963 he 
participated in a Revival Crusade in Europe, directing choirs and congre- 
gational singing in the English-speaking Calvary Baptist Church in Augs- 
burg, Germany and Temple Baptist Church of Ludwigsburg, Germany. 

Married to the former Lois Hall of Fort Worth, Texas in 1936, they 
have three children: Mrs. Suzanne Hamner, Mrs. Janet Hood and Marcus 
Leath. 

JOHN WARD 

John Ward was the son of a Baptist minister and a native of Okla- 
homa. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., where 
he studied voice and directing, he also served with the U. S. Navy from 



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1942-1945, directing the ship's choir at the Naval Training Center in 
Norman, Okla., and also on the USS Cascade. He received his Master of 
Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary in Fort Worth. 

Before coming to Shelby, Ward served as Minister of music and edu- 
cation at Immanuel Baptist in Shawnee, Okla.; First Baptist in Lawton, 
Okla., Beverly Hills and Ross Avenue Baptist in Dallas, Texas; First Baptist 
in Seminole, Okla., First Baptist in Sherman, Texas and First Baptist in 
Plainview, Texas. He left Shelby to go with First Baptist in San Antonio, 
Texas in October, 1966. 

After Mr. Ward came to Shelby, the choir room was remodeled and 
the choir loft was enlarged by removing one section of paneling which 
provided four risers. Over 500 members enrolled in music programs during 
his ministry. 

VAN RAMSEY 

Van Ramsey, native of Valdese and son of a church musician, began 
directing music in his home church ct the age of 16, succeeding his father. 
A graduate of Mars Hill College in 1960 and of Lenoir-Rhyne in 1962, he 
served Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Asheville as minister of music while 
at Mars Hill and while at Lenoir-Rhyne he served the Mt. Home Baptist 
Church in Morganton in the same capacity. 

In 1963 he went to College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir and the 
church went on record as commissioning him a Minister of the Gospel to 
serve in the area of church music. It was from this church he came to 
Shelby's First Baptist in January, 1967. 

Ramsey has elevated the church's reputation for good music. In ap- 
preciation for his work in the community with young people of all denomi- 
nations who have been a part of his "Sing Out For Freedom" and "Good 
News" choirs and have developed themselves spiritually under his guid- 
ance, Ramsey was named the "Young Man of the Year" for 1968 by the 
Shelby Jaycees, a coveted honor. 

In another tribute to his talents and good work, Ramsey and The 
Generation were invited to sing before a joint session of the North Carolina 
General Assembly at Raleigh on January 30, 1969. 

ADULT CHOIR 

Members of the adult choir at present, many having rendered many 
years of faithful service, include: 

Mrs. Marvin Baugham, Lloyd Bost, Mrs. Lloyd Bost, Miss Linda Bu- 
chanan, Miss Lois Buice, Robert Cabaniss, Lewis Cantrell, F. 0. Champion, 
Mrs. Mel Doughty, Jimmy Frazier, Boyce T. Freeman, Mrs. Tom Graham, 
Mrs. A. V. Hamrick, Jr., Mrs. O. V. Hamnck, Jr., C. J Hill, Mrs. Jesse T. 
Holden, Mrs. Joe Hood, Mrs. Dan Hughes, Mrs. Mickey LeCroy, Mrs. 
William Lowery, Mrs. Robert Lutz. 

Also, Dr. Blake McWhirter, Mrs. Blake McWhirter, Dr. H. S. Plaster, 
Mrs. Van H. Ramsey, Charles Reid, Mrs. Bill Rogers, David Spongier, Mel 
Spongier, Jr., Mrs. Ralph Sullivan, Mrs. Fred Swift, Mac Wells, Mrs. J. A. 
West, Mrs. L. P. Williams, Mrs. Irvin Willis, Paul Wilson, Mrs. Paul 
Wilson, Miss Ann Yarbrough. 



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HISTORY 
OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

"Study to show yourself approved unto God" had stirred in the minds 
of zealous Shelby Baptists for some time before a formal Sunday School 
organization began to evolve. The granting of the following resolution 
by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1864 established permis- 
sion and impetus for the real beginning: 

"Resolved, That ... we will appoint Elder G. M. Webb to 
preach to and organize Sabbath Schools in all the churches 
he may be able to, and collect whatever funds he can for ser- 
vices rendered, and report the result of his operations to the 
next session of the Association." 

The Shelby Baptist Church at that time was being pastored by Till- 
man R. Gaines, who had been serving the church since September 1, 
1863. That Pastor Gaines was interested in the furthering of knowledge 
is evidenced by the fact that he had in 1863 organized the Roberts Fe- 
male Seminary, later known as the Shelby Female Seminary. As pastor, 
he stood ready to support and to assist in Sunday School organization 
in every way. 

The actual organization began in 1864 under the leadership of G. M. 
Webb, son of J. M. Webb who had served the Shelby Baptist Church as its 
first pastor. 

G. M. Webb was born on November 14, 1831, in Rutherford County 
and had been licensed to preach at Concord Baptist Church in that 
county in 1863. He was, therefore, serving as pastor of the Concord 
Baptist Church at the time of the adoption of the Kings Mountain 
Association's Resolution of 1864 pertaining to Sabbath Schools. 

G. M. Webb was able and resourceful like his father. He preached 
for 38 years, his pastorates covering four states in which he served over 
40 churches and baptized 1,400 converts in the Baptist church. He was 
present at the organization of the Kings Mountain Association and 
missed only two meetings after its organization, serving as Moderator 
and Clerk. He was acclaimed the "best type of country preacher - a 
stout-hearted champion of his Master," and he filled the pulpit many 
times at First Baptist. 

Married to Prise i I la J. Blanton, they were parents of five children: 
E. Yates and James L. Webb of Shelby, both federal judges and illus- 
trious citizens; Charles S. Webb, cotton broker and mayor of Greenville, 



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ILLUSTRIOUS WEBB FAMILY— left to right, Judge E. Y. Webb, Charles 
Webb, Rev. George Milton Webb, George M. Webb, Jr., Mrs. Edna Webb 
Darwin, fudge J. L. Webb. 

S. C, who gave $25,000 to Furman University for an infirmary as a 
memorial to his father and grandfather; George Milton Webb, Jr., prom- 
inent businessman engaged in the sale of real estate and insurance in 
Birmingham, Ala., who married Margaret Blanton, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Burwell H. Blanton and sister of C. C. and George Blanton; and 
Edna, who married John A. Darwin and who was the mother of Mrs. Mar- 
ion DuBose whose son, Marion D. DuBose of Batesville Baptist Church of 
Batesville, Indiana was ordained at First Baptist in 1958. 

G. M. Webb was a powerful man physically and it is related of him 
that when at age 75 he could not only wrestle with his sons, but could 
throw any of them' He walked down the Washington Monument in the 
national capitol when past three score and ten. 

MET WEEKLY 

The beginning of the Sabbath schools was laborious but sure. The 
church at that time was having preaching services only once a month 
but Sunday School was designed to meet weekly. The planning of the 
course of study, topics and references was accomplished by local people 
since no books or literature or planned lessons were available to them. 

Only the Bible was used in the first teachings with discussions of 
certain desired verses or chapters. Some of the better Bible students of 
the church were teachers in classes that contained the entire family 
members, including children. 

Earliest records from the date of organization are found in the 



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Association minutes of 1880. At that time T. D. Lattimore was Sunday 
School Superintendent. He reported a total of six officers, sixteen teachers 
and one hundred and seventy "scholars." Average attendance of that year 
was one hundred and thirty persons which would constitute an approxi- 
mate attendance of 76 per cent of the members. Sunday School contri- 
butions totaled $176.74 in comparison to a total church contribution of 
$1,585.76. 

The next superintendent recorded in the Association minutes was 
E. Y. Webb, who served in that capacity from 1897 until 1903 when he 
began a 17-year tenure as United States Congressman. The church then 
elected C. C. Roberts as superintendent. 

EARLY ROLL LIST 

Minutes of Shelby Baptist Sunday school as of January 7, 1883 gave 
the following roll list: W. A. Nelson, pastor; T. D. Lattimore, superin- 
tendent; J. G. Webb, assistant superintendent; J. S. Wray, treasurer; W. 
W. Green, assistant treasurer; C. S. Webb, librarian; J. W. Sullivan, sec- 
retary. Teachers were: J. J. Webb, R. McBrayer, Mrs. P. J. King, Mrs. 
W. P. Love, Miss E. A. Draugh, Mrs. T. W. Love, Miss Ida Mallory, Miss 
Anna Mallory, Miss Docia Wray, Miss Laura Wray, Mrs. T. N. Ivy, Miss 
Lola Milner, Miss Mary Devane, Mrs. M. J. Mallory, Prof. P. J. King, 
E. H. Wright, Miss Blanch Nelson. 

Sunday School superintendents who have served and their years 
of service are: 

T. D. Lattimore 1880-1899 J. C. Newton 1923 

E. Y. Webb 1900-1903 John P. Mull 1924-1925 

C. C. Roberts 1904-1905 A. C. Lovelace 1926 

0. M. Mull 1906 B. T. Falls 1927-1929 

George Blanton 1907-1912 Horace Easom 1930-1933 

J.R.Moore 1913-1915 M. A. Spongier 1934-1935 

J. R. Dover 1916-1919 Horace Easom 1936-1947 

J. J. Lattimore 1920-1922 Wilbur Wilson 1947-1953 

Roland Leath 1954-1969 

Up until the year 1904, the beginner and primary aged children had 
attended classes of their parents. Mrs. George L. English separated the 
beginners and primaries and for the first time the children were taught 
by methods appropriate for their age level with pictures and stories aiding 
their understanding. This was the beginning of grading by ages in Sunday 
School. 

Growth comparisons show that five years after 1880 the Sunday 
School enrollment had jumped to approximately 350 and by 1910 this 
figure had reached five hundred (500>. Upon occupation of the educa- 
tional addition to the building, records reveal a milestone in growth gains 
for the year 1929 as the enrollment jumped to approximately 1,300. 

For a period before the educational building was occupied, classes 
met in the old red brick building with white columns on West Marion 
street which was originally the Shelby high school before it housed the 



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seventh graders and before construction of the new junior high addition. 

The new Sunday school rooms were dedicated on Easter Sunday, 
March 31, 1929 with the school reporting an attendance of 1,083 for 
that Sunday. The Sunday school of 1929 was graded by age for all classes 
up through the Young People's Department. Continuing to climb in 
numbers, by 1 948 a total enrollment of 1,637 was reached. 

The largest number ever present any Sunday in Sunday school up 
to this time was during a revival April 15, 1934 when there were 1,583 
present. 

Between January 23-28, 1949, the North Carolina State Sunday 
School clinic was held in the church, the clinic sponsored jointly by the 
Sunday School Department of the Baptist State Convention of North 
Carolina, Sunday School department of the Baptist Sunday School Board 
in Nashville and churches in the Kings Mountain Association. 

Only once has Sunday school been interrupted. Because of the polio 
epidemic in the summer of 1948 classes were suspended in August and 
did not reconvene in the church until October. Children were quarantined 
from all public gatherings during that time but Sunday school lessons 
were broadcast over radio stations each Sunday morning until the polio 
ban was lifted on October 2, 194S. All churches observed "Children's 
Day" the first Sunday they returned. 

The new educational building which was dedicated on October 25, 
1953, offered further room for growth and expansion. By this time the 
Sunday school had been comoletely graded by age from the youngest to 
the oldest classes. 

MATERIALS 

Records do not show when the first printed materials were available 
for use in planning and teaching lessons. However, by January of 1866 
some literature was published regularly for it was then that Elder Tillman 
R. Gaines began editing and publishing the Baptist Church and Sunday 
School Messenger, which was printed periodicallv at the Shelby Book and 
Job Office. Pastor Games' material was only published for six months. 

Literature was later available through the Baptist Sunday School 
Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and thus Southern Baptist 
literature was finally furnished for all of the First Baptist Church organ- 
izations. 

Minutes of the church dated March 4, 1903 read that "a teacher's 
meeting also for benefit of Sunday School has been instituted to meet on 
every Wednesday night after prayer meeting The ladies society having 
made request to place a new memorial window over the church door, 
upon motion their request was granted, the same being a present to Mrs. 
W. B. Nix by a manufacturing company and at her request becomes the 
property of the church." 

DIRECTORS 

Through the years the Sunday school program has been greatly en- 
couraged and guided by the various educational directors, youth workers 
and assistants who have been employed by First Baptist Church: E. A. 



Ruppe, H. M. Pippin, H. C. Seefeldt, Horace Easom, Roland Leath, James 
Sides, Carole Pearson and Mel Doughty. All have been valuable to the 
entire program. 

Roland Leath of Fort Worth, Texas, joined the church staff on Jan- 
uary 1, 1950 to serve as Educational Director and Music Director and 
has served as Sunday school superintendent for the majority of those 
years. Prior to his administration, the Sunday school council meetings 
had been held in monthly dinner sessions with the weekly officers and 
teachers meetings held just prior to prayer meetings. Mr. Leath saw the 
need for weekly supper planning meetings and for a thorough cognizance 
on the part of the people as to the structure of the Sunday school, the 
importance of visitation and the need for real Bible study. 

He has stressed the value of training and study courses and accredi- 
tation as a means to promote better work toward the effectiveness of the 
Sunday school. The organization has realized a remarkable growth under 
the leadership of Mr. Leath, together with first the assistance of Youth 
Director James Sides and then of Youth Director Carole Pearson before 
Mr. Doughty came to the church in 1967. 

PORTABLE CLASSROOM 

In March, 1966, a new means of taking the church to the people 
was devised through the loan of a portable classroom large enough to 
accommodate about 25 people. Conceived in discussions between Dr. 
Joseph McClain, Mr. Leath and the church staff, the Sunday school 
classroom was located on a vacant lot at the intersection of East Suttle and 
East Sumter Streets and services were planned for each Sunday morning. 
Miss Pearson was in charge of music and teaching of younger children 
and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Causby were on duty to teach older groups. The 
venture attracted several persons in the beginning but was discontinued 
after several months. 




JOHN MULL CLASS - pictured in 1962, left to right: Carr Mull, Ralph 
Turner, Bonnie Elliott, Robert Doggett, Ben Shytle, Will Spangler, Marvin 
Hall, W. A. Dunlap, John Wacaster, Clark D. Harrill, Paul Wilson and 
Will Queen. 



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CLASSES NAMED 

Several classes in the Sunday school have been named for dedicated 
church men and teachers. The Gardner and Newton classes are not in 
existence at this time but were named for 0. Max Gardner and J. C. 
Newton. Others that are now being taught and for whom they are named 
include: Morgan - O. Z. Morgan; Mull - O. M. Mull; Mull - John P. Mull; 
Johnson - George Johnson; Angel - W. L. Angel; Spangler - J. Edwin 
Spongier; Lawrence - Rev. John E. Lawrence; Zeno Wall - Dr. Zeno Wall; 
Laura - Laura Cornwell. 

TAUGHT OVER 50 YEARS 

Mrs. D. W. Royster, who has taught the Nursery Class of three-year- 
olds for 50 years and who previously taught in the primary grades in 
Sunday school for three or four years, holds the active record for greatest 

number of teaching years among today's 
teaching staff. However, probably the 
longest record in total number of years 
for work on the Sunday School staff is 
held by Mrs. Lollie Mae Lattimore who 
was superintendent of the Cradle Roll 
for 20 years and taught an additional 
40 years or more to accrue at least 60 
years of service. 

Mrs. Royster observed 50 years 
with the class of three-year-olds in June, 
1969, recalling that she began teaching 
that class in 1919 when she was married 
and when Mrs. C. J. Woodson was a 
teacher. She also recalled that among 
her first little students were J. L. Suttle, 
Jr., Gerald and Charles McBrayer and 
Caroline Blanton Thayer. 

Mrs. D. W. Royster 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE 

Holding the perfect attendance record at First Baptist is R. Hubbard 
Hamrick who has attended each Sunday for 31 years. Elbert Costner, 
Boyce Freeman and Judy Hoyle have 18 years of perfect attendance and 
others include: Mrs. Elbert Costner, 16 years; Fred Swift, 15 years; 
Robert Causby and David Causby, 12 years; Joseph M. Wright, Susan 
Martin and Patty McBrayer, 10 years; Max Daves, Jack Caudill, Edwin 
Speagle and Mrs. Boyce Freeman, nine years; Sarah Speagle, Marvin 
Baugham, Libby Allen and Mrs. A. L. Moss, eight years; Donald Costner, 
seven years; Joe Yates, Jo Anne Yates, Stanley Martin, Bill Sherman, 
Charles Swift, Jen Ann Mauney, six years; David Poston, Sandra Martin, 
Robin Mintz and Susan Swift, five years. 




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Others who held perfect attendance records for a period in recent 
years include: Worth Branton, 16 years; Betty Sue Wilson Cook, 15 years; 
Ernest Bailey, 14 years; George Southard and Roscoe Morgan, 13 years; 
Frankie Bailey and Troy Bailey, 12 years; Jimmy Bailey, 11 years; Zeb 
Beam, 10 years: Perry Sellers, eight years; Betsy Hope Lee, Debbie Hoyle, 
Mrs. Hubbard Hamrick and Clair Lohr, six years; Mrs. Delane Davis, five 
years. 

CLASSES - DEPARTMENTS 

Sunday School classes and departments today are as follows: 

Adult: four departments, 27 classes. 

Married Young People: one department, two classes. 

Career Young People: one class. 

College Young People: one class. 

High School Young People: 10 classes. 

Intermediates: two departments, 12 classes. 

Juniors: two departments, 13 classes. 

Primaries: two departments. 

Beginners: four departments. 

Nurseries: six departments. 

Ranking fourth in the state in Sunday school attendance, there are 
a total of 1,883 members on the roll with average attendance at 1,050. 

General officers in 1968-69 include: Sunday school superintendent, 
Roland Leath; associate superintendent, Carlos Young; minister of music, 
Van H. Ramsey; minister of youth, Mel Doughty; substitute teachers, 
Joe Wright; associate, A. C. Farmer; secretary, B. S. Greene; literature, 
Frank Blanton; substitute teacher, Mrs. George Carpenter; visual aids, 
W. D. Kiser; iibrarian, Mrs. A. V. Nolan. 

Mrs. John Ed Davis, Jr. is superintendent of the Extension Division. 
Serving under her as superintendents are Mrs. Willis McMurry, Mrs. C. 
C. McMurry, Jr., Mrs. Harvey Mincey and W. A. Dunlap. 



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NURSERY for the youngest children is located in the educational building. Fifteen 
beds accommodate infants who are cared for here to allow parents to attend regular 
services. Germicidal lamps, kitchenette and necessary accessories are provided. 




LADIES LOUNGE is the scene of wedding receptions, special meetings, luncheons 
and social gatherings. Located in the educational building, this room was dedicated 
in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Weathers by their children, Lee B. Weathers, Mrs. 
H. Dixon Smith and J. Flay Weathers. 



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HISTORY OF 
WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

As in all histories, there must be a beginning date for the account 
of the W. M. U. of the First Baptist Church of Shelby. Available infor- 
mation shows that in 1889, just one year after the Southwide W. M. U. 
was organized in Richmond, Virginia, the state office in Raleigh, North 
Carolina, reported that the First Baptist Church of Shelby gave $60 for 
foreign missions. This amount may seem small, but for that day it was 
very significant. 

In 1891, with the Reverend G. P. Hamnck as pastor, this church 
(with 283 members! and the. W. M. U. sent $34.65 to missions. 

Perhaps to show the beginning of pledges for mission work, it is 
recorded in the associational minutes that in 1893 Mrs. G. P. Hamrick 
pledged $1.00 for state missions at the associational meeting and the 
First Baptist Church pledged $31.00. It is well to note that this is the 
first recorded gift to state missions. 

There evidently was a decline in the church between 1 893 and 1 896, 
for the membership on the latter date was 200 and only $12.00 was 
given to missions of any kind. 

Then came a step in the right direction, for in 1897 a Sunbeam 
Band was reported. 

No definite information for 1898 is available but the Southern 
Baptist report of that year says, "Women were being recognized and 
were giving liberally to missions." 

In 1900 the church climbed back to the 1889 record and, according 
to the Association records, this church again pledged $60 to foreign 
missions with the W. M. U. pledging $5 and the Young Ladies $10. This 
is the first mention of Y. W. A. gifts. 

"Firsts" are always important and in 1902, Mrs. A. E. Harrison is 
listed as the first president of the society. The membership was 23 and 
the total gift was $28.54. Following Mrs. Harrison was Mrs. George 
English, who served as president in 1904. 

Woman's work was now coming into prominence as revealed in the 
Associational report of 1905 which called for a report on woman's work 
to be made at the next session. The records show that Mrs. W. B. Nix 
was president in 1927-1928, and it is probable that 1929 was the year 
that Mrs. T. W. Hamrick served in this capacity. Although no president 
is named in 1930, the W. M. S. gave $3,028 that year, so surely there 



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was good leadership. 

The significant event of the term of Mrs. J. A. Liles, 1931 and 
1932, was the organizing of the McMillan Circle. 

During her extended term of office, Mrs. Rush Stroup, 1933-1938, 
accomplished much for the growth of the W. M. U. In 1934 the W. M. S. 
entertained the Associational W. M. U. meeting with Miss Kathleen Mal- 
lory as the guest speaker. Also an outstanding event of Mrs. Stroup's 
term was the W. M. S. celebration of its golden jubilee year in 1938. 

In 1939 Mrs. B. M. Jarrett was president with things moving at an 
even pace. 

In 1940 Mrs. Rush Stroup returned as president and served through 
1945. During this period there were a number of significant changes. 
Among these, the circles were redivided to enable more women to know 
each other; the Heck Circle was re-activated; the Vena Aguillard Circle 
was formed; the first Business Women's Circle in the association was 
formed; and in 1945, the W. M. S. was host to the Royal Ambassadors 
of the Hickory Division. 

It was while Mrs. Fred Swift, 1946-1948, was president that the 
women of the Association helped raise funds for the president's home at 
Gardner-Webb College. Mrs. Rush Stroup led the women of the First 
Baptist Church to give $1,000 for this project. Also during this period 
the First Baptist Church celebrated its centennial, 1947, with Mrs. J. M. 
Dawson of Texas and Washington, D. C , as one of the capable speakers. 
In 1947 the Business Women's circle was organized. 

Because Miss Attie Bostick was for so many years a faithful mis- 
sionary in China, it will be of interest to note that the W. M. S. gave 
her a shower before her marriage to Mr. T. J. League in 1947. 

"Like mother, like daughter" — Mrs. George Carpenter, daughter of 
a former president, Mrs. W. J Roberts, became president in 1949 and 
served through 1950. Among the events of this period was the forming 
of the first morning circle, the Frances Eskridge Roberts Circle. Also the 
Kathleen Mallory Circle was organized, and in 1950 the Hickory Region- 
al Meeting was held in this church. 

While Mrs. Lowery Austell was president, 1951-1952, the time of 
circle and general meetings was reversed and the Young People's work 
was reorganized. A memorable event was a visit to the society by Miss 
Ina Belle Coleman in 1952. 

A significant change was made in the by-laws of the W. M. S. 
while Mrs. Cecil GMIiatt was serving as president, 1953-1954. "No 
woman may be president unless she has first served on the executive 
board, and no president may serve more than two years." 

While Mrs. John Wilkms was president, 1955-1956, the Laura Corn- 
well Circle was organized. 

Mrs. Alton Hopper succeeded Mrs. Wilkins and served in 1957-1958. 
During this time one new circle was organized, the Hickory Region held 
its leadership conference here in 1958, and the W. M. S. received an 
advance award. 

The next president was Mrs. John Ed Davis who served in 1959 and 



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1960. During her term of service, Royal Service and the young people's 
magazines were put in the church budget. Another important accom- 
plishment was the change from one to two general meetings each month 
to meet the needs of the women who work each day. During both years 
the society was rated as an Advanced Society. 

It was under the leadership of Mrs. Pans Yelton, 1961-1962, that 
the society adopted the "B" plan. This means that there are two com- 
plete sets of officers — one for the day circles and one for the night circles. 

In 1963-64, Mrs. Harold Causby was W. M. U. President. During 
this term the Baptist Jubilee was celebrated with a combined program 
honoring the pastor, the Reverend John Lawrence, and a Jubilee gath- 
ering of all W. M. U. organizations. A day long prayer retreat was held 
one year. Both years the Day W. M. U. received an honor award and 
the Night W. M. S. an advanced award. 

Mrs. Lloyd Bost was installed as the 1964-65 W. M. U. president on 
September 8, 1964 and during her term the W. M. U. Kings Mountain 
Associational meeting was held in the church in April, 1965. 

Miss Laura Cornwell was president for the 1967-68 year and dur- 
ing her term of office mission emphasis for foreign and home missions 
was stressed through churchwide offerings and study course. Intercessory 
prayer was also encouraged and promoted through the Kathleen Mallory 
Circle. Also, Day and Night WMS Societies achieved honor ratings. 

PRESIDENTS OF WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

Mrs. Rush Stroup 1933-1938 

Mrs. B. M. Jarrett 1939 

Mrs. Rush Stroup 1940-1945 

Mrs. Fred Swift 1946-1948 

Mrs. George Carpenter 1949-1950 

Mrs. Lowery Austell 1951-1952 

Mrs. Cecil Gilliatt 1953-1954 

Mrs. John Wilkins 1955-1956 

Mrs. Alton Hopper 1957-1958 

Mrs John Ed Davis 1959-1960 

Mrs. Paris Yelton 1961-1962 

Mrs. Harold Causby 1 963- 1 964 

Mrs. Lloyd Bost 1965-1966 

Miss Laura Cornwell 1967-1968 

NEW ORGANIZATION 

Strong winds of change blew through the Woman's Missionary 
Union in the fall of 1968 as the Southern Baptist Convention inaugu- 
rated a new plan of organization for its women's work. 

Following this plan, the W. M. U. of First Baptist Church was re- 
organized under the direction of a W. M. U. Council. The council con- 
sists of the W. M. U. director, associate director, secretary-treasurer 
and age level leaders, i.e. W. M. U. director, Y. W. A. director, G. A. 
director and Sunbeam director. This council is charged with the overall 



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Mrs. 


A. E. Harrison 


1902 




Mrs. 


George English 


1904 




Mrs 


William Archer 


1906- 


1910 


Mrs. 


C. J. Woodson 


191 1- 


1912 


Mrs. 


L. W. Swope 


1913 




Mrs. 


W. H. Blanton 


1914 




Mrs. 


William Archer 


1916 




Mrs. 


Colin Hull 


1917 




Mrs. 


W. J. Roberts 


1918- 


1919 


Mrs. 


S. A. McMurry 


1920- 


1921 


Mrs. 


J. R. Dover 


1922- 


1924 


Mrs. 


John Suttle 


1925- 


1926 


Mrs. 


W. B. Nix 


1927- 


1928 


Mrs. 


T. W. Hamnck 


1929- 


1930 


Mrs. 


J. A. Liles 


1931- 


1932 



direction of the program of the W. M. U. 

The W. M. (J. director and associate director work with the pastor, 
church staff and leaders of other church organizations on the church 
council while age level directors work with leaders of the groups in their 
age level organizations. Each Woman's Missionary Society has a presi- 
dent, secretary, and a study chairman, prayer chairman and activity 
chairman. Each chairman oversees the organization and work of W. M. S. 
groups within her specific field of interest. 

Separate study groups are organized for current mission study, mis- 
sion books, missionary round tables and study of the missionary message 
of the Bible. Prayer groups include those who meet for the study and 
practice of intercessory prayer, and a telephone group engaging in 
prayer for specific needs. Mission action groups are organized to render 
specific missionary effort on a long range basis. Several of these have 
been formed to work with groups such as handicapped students, special 
education classes, the Boy's Club, mental health and well-baby clinics. 

The organizational chart for the W. M. U. of First Baptist is now 
as follows: 



Pastor 
(and staff) 



WMU 
Director 



WMU 
Secretary- 
Treasurer 



WMS 
Director 




YWA 
Committee 




GA 

Director 



WMU 
Council 



Sunbeam Band 
Director 




Sunbeam Band 
Committee 




WMS 
Committee 



GA 
Committee 



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W. M. U. officers for the year 1968-69 are: 
W. M. U. Director: Mrs. J. A. West 
W. M. U. Associate Director: Mrs. Mickey LeCroy 
W. M. U. Secretary-treasurer: Mrs. Crawley Cash 
W. M. S. Director: Mrs. Newlin Schenck 
Y. W. A. Director: Mrs. Robert Lee Eskridge 
G. A. Director: Mrs. Nelson Causby 
Sunbeam Director: Mrs. James Beard 
Day W. M. S. officers for 1968-69 are: president, Mrs. Gerald 
Osborne; secretary, Mrs. Charles Senn; study chairman, Mrs. Harold 
Causby; mission action chairman, Mrs. Lloyd Bost; prayer chairman, 
Mrs. W. L. Angel. 

Night W. M. S. officers include: president, Mrs. Horace Steadman; 
secretary, Miss Lois Buice; study chairman, Mrs. C. Robert Doggett; 
mission action chairman, Mrs. J. Carlyle Smith; prayer chairman, Mrs. 
A. Vason Hamrick, Jr. 

Officers are now elected for one-year terms. Women in the W. M. S. 
choose the group of which they wish to be a part and each group elects 
its own group leader. 

In carrying out its purpose of encouraging missions through edu- 
cation and participation, the W.M.U. has several special churchwide 
events during the year. The first week of December and the first week of 
March are set aside as weeks of prayer for foreign and home missions 
respectively. The Lottie Moon offering goal for foreign missions is $13,- 
500 and the Annie Armstrong offering goal for home missions is $6,500 
for the current year. 

The Woman's Missionary Union has as its purpose the encourage- 
ment of missions through education and participation. The adult division 
consists of two Woman's Missionary Societies, one for those women who 
find it convenient to meet during the day, the other meeting in the 
evening. Each W.M.S. has groups of women whose primary interest is 
Bible study, prayer, or mission action in the community. Groups meet 
monthly and there is a monthly general meeting of each society at which 
programs concerning home and foreign missions are presented. 

The Youth Division includes beginner and primary Sunbeam Bands, 
Girls Auxiliaries for girls ages nine through 15, and the Young Woman's 
Auxiliary for girls ages 16 to 25. These organizations attempt to educate 
young people about the world, its people and its needs and to challenge 
them to world concern. Young people study about missions and parti- 
cipate in missions in ways appropriate to their age and experience. 

Although all youth divisions are active, the G.A.s have received par- 
ticular attention in the last few years. Lynne Davis, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. John Ed Davis, was the first to attain the rank of Queen Regent in 
1962 and since then her two sisters have also attained the rank: Jan 
Davis in 1965 and Patty Davis in 1967. Queens Regent in 1965 also 
included Kathy Daves and Lynn Miller; 1966 — Patty McBrayer; 1967 — 
Joe Ann Yates; 1968 — Gwen Bissette, Pat Chamberlain, Susan Ham- 
rick, Carol Mattero, Lou Ann Seism and Susan Swift. 



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YOUTH DIRECTORS 

Full-time youth directors have been employed at First Baptist since 
June 1, 1 95S when the Rev. James B. Sides began this new ministry 
among the church's young people. Previous to the Rev. Sides joining the 
church staff, part-time youth work had been shared by church personnel. 

In addition to the Rev. Sides, who served until August 23, 1959, 
others who have been full-time youth directors have been Miss Carole 
Pearson (July, 1960 - December, 1966) and Melvyn Lee Doughty who 
entered his duties on May 22, 1967. 

Combining the job of young people's worker and assistant music 
director was Miss Betty Purcell (Mrs. James F. McSwain) who came to 
First Baptist on September 5, 1948 from First Church in Orlando, Fla., 
thus wearing the very first title as young people's director. She continued 
in her dual role until January 22, 1949 after which she was assistant 
to the church secretary for a short time. Miss Purcell, who brought her 
merimba to Shelby and played it on numerous occasions, was a native of 
Glenville, Ga., and studied at Georgia State College for Women at Mill- 
edgeville, Ga. 

The specific purpose of the youth ministry is to develop a yearly 
program of activities to aid in the religious-social development of the 
youth of the church. Among the activities and features involved in the 
work of youth directors are the annual youth camp, Baptist Youth World 
Conference, youth council, conferences and retreats, drama, afterglows, 
spotlighting youth in regular services, banquets, etc. 

Rev. and Mrs. Roland Leath and Rev. Sides supervised and directed 
a group of forty-three young people and four adult counselors to the 
fifth Baptist Youth World Conference in Toronto, Canada in the summer 
of 1958. 

In 1968, Mel Doughty supervised seven delegates who attended the 
Baptist World Youth Conference in Berne, Switzerland. Delegates included 
Bob and David Causby, Richard Chamberlain, Sherry Weaver, Kathy 
Rogers, Kathie Royster and Suzie Connor. Adult chaperones were Mr. 
and Mrs. Harold Causby and Mrs. Doughty. 

Youth Week is observed annually in special activities at the church 
when young people assume places of responsibility during Sunday School, 
Training Union and both worship services. A climax of Youth Week 
generally is a drama presented at the closing Sunday night service. 

The church hosted the annual North Carolina State Training Union 
Youth Convention April 29 through May 1, 1966 with young people from 
over the state coming to Shelby for the three-day session. Theme of the 
convention was "Jesus Revealed in Me" and Nathan Porter, associate 



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secretary for missionary personnel of the Home Mission Board in Atlanta 
spoke in two sessions on missions and pressures on youth. John S. McGee, 
missionary to Nigeria for 21 years gave an illustrated lecture on Baptist 
work in Nigeria to conclude the convention. 

In July, 1967 Mr. Doughty began a "Coffee House Ministry" in 
quarters in the old Shelby Creamery which had been purchased by the 
church. Purpose of the coffee house, named the King of Hearts, was to 
reach young people with the Christian message in a manner that appealed 
and was relevant to them. The program consisted of folk singing, dramas, 
art interpretations, readings, skits, and stunts. Different singing groups 
sang and usually the main message came through drama. The coffee 
house was moved to the basement of the Clyde Short building in the 
summer of 1969 after the creamery building was leveled to provide addi- 
tional parking. 

Mr. Doughty also started the King's Players drama group in the 
church, the group participating in 32 plays with 95 presentations to date. 
The drama group, numbering 30, performed in Raleigh, N. C, Richmond, 
Va., Washington, D. C. and New York City during the Easter holidays in 
1969 when they presented "Every Man". Between August 3 and August 
16, 1969, a group of 22 toured 17 states performing the same drama. 

The church's youth group, under Mr. Doughty's ministry, sponsored 
a retreat at Ridgecrest March 21-23, 1969 when 475 young people parti- 
cipated, including 90 from First Baptist. The group is anticipating another 
retreat at Ridgecrest. 

One new program was instituted in the summer of 1968 when a 
junior camp was held at Camp Lurecrest. The group from First Baptist 
numbered 100 the first year while 120 attended in the 1969 session. 



REV. SIDES 

The Rev. Sides, who was ordained at First Baptist on September 23, 
1956, accepted the first youth directorship after having been pastor of 

Mull's Chapel Church for almost two 
years. He took the job with the under- 
standing he would serve only until the 
late summer of 1959 at which time he 
would begin studies at Southeastern Bap- 
tist Theological Seminary. While at the 
Seminary he was also pastor of Pine 
Ridge Baptist Church in Franklin county 
and continued there as pastor for three 
years after attending the Seminary. In 
1964 he returned to Cleveland County 
to pastor Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 
and continued his ministry there until 
January 1, 1968 when he was called to 
First Baptist Church of Wadesboro. Na- 
tive of Canton, he is married to the form- 
er Anita Hoyle and they have one son. 




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M 

plished 



MISS PEARSON 

iss Carole Le Verne Pearson, native of Dermott, Arkansas, accom- 
much good work among the youth of the church during her six 

years as youth director. Coming to Shelby 
July 9, 1960, she had received her B.A. 
degree from Ouachita Baptist College in 
Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1958 where 
one of her favorite professors, Dr. Joseph 
T. McClain, encouraged her to further 
her studies in youth work. She later serv- 
ed a short time under Dr. McClain's pas- 
torate at First Baptist after she received 
her Master of Religious Education degree 
(1960) at Southwestern Baptist Theo- 
logical Seminary in Fort Worth. 

Miss Pearson's youth program was 
outstanding for weekend revivals, Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools, music and drama. 




MR. DOUGHTY 

Mel Doughty, native of Mayfield, Ky., succeeded Miss Pearson on 
May 22, 1967 after he had worked at Belmont Baptist Church in Roa- 
noke, Va. Educated at Murray State University at Murray, Ky., where he 
received his B.S. degree, he also received his M.R.E. at Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. serving two churches while in the 
Seminary. 

Married to the former Pat Whitthorne of Mayfield, they have two 
children, Laura and Pam, and a foster daughter, Pat Shelton. 



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BROTHERHOOD 



The nine stately Japanese ginkgo trees that stand between the First 
Baptist Church building and North LaFayette Street, while planted for 
another purpose, might well be considered as "living monuments" to 
the church Brotherhood 

The transplanting of these trees — one for each of nine servicemen 
from the First Baptist Church who died for their country during World 
War II — was one of the initial, if not the first, projects undertaken 
by the Brotherhood after its organization. 

In the spring of 1947, about a year and a half after the cessation 
of hostilities of World War II, a group of consecrated veterans, many 
of whom having had narrow escapes in battle, felt that they wanted to 
band themselves together in some kind of organization to promote 
the Lord's work. 

The result was the establishment of what they called the Veterans 
Brotherhood. There were approximately 30 laymen as members. 

First president of the group was F. O. (Red) Champion, who later 
became the first president of the Brotherhood in the Kings Mountain 

Association and, still later, president of 
the state brotherhood organization. 

Other officers elected were: J. Ollie 
Harris, vice-president; Pegram Holland 
and Rush Hamrick, Jr., secretaries; and 
Harold Reber, treasurer. 

In this same year, Horace Easom, 
who for several years had served as di- 
rector of music and education at the 
First Baptist Church, was elected State 
Brotherhood Secretary and was asked to 
spearhead a campaign to raise one and a 
half million dollars through the Baptist 
churches of the state for the purpose of 
^A relocating and enlarging Wake Forest 

.^■1 j College. He was also asked to serve as 

/ jgk executive secretary of the Baptist Found- 

mk 'flB ation. 

F. O. Champion 
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brotherhood program — still in its infancy — in the association. At 
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just a short while later, there were 48 Brotherhood groups in the Kings 
Mountain Association, and the movement was catching on around the 
state. And, within the next five or six years, Mr. Easom reported more 
than a thousand organizations in North Carolina. 

At the outset of this movement, the name of the group was changed 
from Veterans Brotherhood simply to First Baptist Brotherhood, and all 
male members of the church became eligible for membership. 

Simultaneously with the planting of the Japanese ginkgo trees — 
which were chosen, perhaps, for two reasons: their slow growth and 
because many of the Veterans Brotherhood members had served in the 
Far East — the Brotherhood began exploring areas of possible assistance 
in the field of missions. 

Much of the credit for the steady increase in foreign missions sup- 
port that has personified the First Baptist Church of Shelby among 
other churches of the state, in recent years, may go to the Brotherhood. 

With an objective of sending one medical missionary to Japan, the 
Brotherhood found itself contributing to the support of some 1 or 12 
missionaries at one time. And one member of the group, personally, 
supported a medical missionary to China. At some later date, the 
church assumed the financial undergirding and the direction of the 
mission work. 

The planting of the trees and the budding mission program were, 
however, but two of a number of significant programs initiated and car 
ned out by the First Baptist Brotherhood. 

Shortly after the coming of Dr. Harlan Harris to the First Baptise 
Church, first as assistant pastor and then as pastor, the Fisherman's CluD 
was organized within the Brotherhood for the express purpose of visit- 
ing in behalf of the church and winning souls for Christ. 

Again, much of the credit for the present Baptist Laymen's Witness- 
ing Foundation, which has headquarters at Hickory, N. C. and which 
schedules and conducts revivals by laymen throughout the Southeast, must 
go to the First Baptist Brotherhood of Shelby. This Baptist foundation was 
set up as a result of the interest of F. O. Champion during his term 
of office as state brotherhood president. 

There are other brotherhood projects that have been of immeasur- 
able value to the church, one of the more noteworthy of them being the 
sponsorship of the Royal Ambassadors. Other projects include the Broth- 
erhood Chorus, which sings one Sunday evening in each month; service 
in helping the handicapped to attend church services; distribution of 
food and other necessities to needy families; and so on. 

"Baptist Men's Day" is observed one Sunday annually when lay- 
men take over responsible duties in regular services, such as reading 
the Scriptures, leading prayers and special music. 

The planting of the ginkgo trees, which took place on the sixth 
anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was only a beginning. 

Down through the years, since 1947, a number of other First Bap- 
tist laymen have led in a fine way, and the Brotherhood has grown, both 



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in number and in its effectiveness. 

Presidents succeeding "Red" Champion as the first president were: 
O. V. Hamrick, Jr., 1948; L. J. (Bill) Baley, 1949; J. Reid Misenheimer, 
1950; Mai A. Spongier, Jr., 1951; Jack Ramsey, 1952-53; James Kend- 
rick, 1954; J. Lowery Austell, 1955; George V. Byrd, 1956-57; W. B. 
Wilder, 1958; James Wright, 1959; J. C. Bissette, 1960-61; Ralph 
Blackstock, 1962-63; Paul Wilson, 1964; Glenn Brooks, 1965; George 
Hamrick, 1966; Hugh Mauney, 1967; and Lloyd Bost, 1968-69. 

The Brotherhood has a membership of approximately 110 members 
at present but in 1967 had 214 members enrolled for the largest mem- 
bership of any church in the state. 



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TRAINING UNION 

Records reveal that the first Training Union organizations were set 
up at First Baptist in the fall of 1912 with E. A. Ruppe, the church's 
first paid director of education and music, leading in the organization 
which was then called the Baptist Young Peoples Union ... or more 
familiar, BYPU. 

During the years between 1912 and 1929, the BYPU grew to include 
seven organizations. While the church was undergoing a renovation and 
remodeling program in 1929 services were held in the old Shelby High 
School building and while meeting there leaders made definite plans 
to enlarge the training program and the name was changed to the 
Baptist Training Union. The new name emphasized the new purpose 
of training adults as well as young people. 

As new church facilities were completed and reoccupied, eleven 
unions were organized and active, one of which was an adult union led 
by J. A. Liles. The entire organization was departmentalized almost 
along Sunday School lines and grew very rapidly, in 1963 becoming the 
largest Training Union in the state of North Carolina. In fact, the TU 
has always been recognized by the state leaders as one of the largest and 
has held a reputation for excellence in the Baptist State Convention. 

Of interest in the early Training Union period was the forming of 
the "Baby Union" when mothers came with their little children and re- 
mained in the room while the program was being carried out. Often 
there were as many as 50 in the group. 

Another attractive feature of the Training Union was that of the 
"Closing Assembly" which was held in the church auditorium prior to 
the evening service. Large groups attended to enjoy some special fea- 
ture which would interpret the purpose of the TU and much time was 
spent on preparations for the regular Sunday evening program. An 
illustration is that of carrying out a wedding when "Miss Training Union 
married Mr. Preaching Attendance." 

There are currently three adult departments with eight unions; one 
department with three unions for young people; one department with 
five unions for intermediates; two departments with eight unions for 
juniors; three primary departments; three departments for primaries; and 
four nursery departments. 

Training Union enrollment stands at 545, which ranks in fifth 
position in the state. 

Leaders in the BYPU and TU through the years include: 
E. A. Ruppe 1912-1913 Wyan Washburn 1935-1936 

1920-1921 Horace Easom 1937-1946 

H. M. Pippin 1924-1927 Wilbur Wilson 1947-1948 

J. 0. Reynolds 1927-1928 L. T. Hamrick 1949-1958 

John A. Liles 1928-1929 W. D. Kiser 1959-1963 

Horace Easom 1930-1934 J. C. Bissette 1964-1969 



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RECEIVED CURVED BAR in 1962: seated, Vicki Stallings, Virginia Raynor, Carol 
Rollins, Patsy Love, Cathy Smith. Susie Kendrick. Standing, Daria Wilson, Gayle 
Baker, Marsha Young, Elizabeth Ann Hamrick, Barbara Wolfe, Toni Strickland, 
lane Ann Best, Lynn Spangler. 




TU PROGRAM ON MISSIONS in 1963: Jane Spangler, Patty McBrayer, Lee Esk- 
ridge, Sue Steadman and Drew Hendricks. 



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SCOUTING 

Few churches can boast of its prominence in a nationwide movement 
as can the First Baptist Church when relating to the Boy Scout program 
for it was one of the church's most stalwart members, Judge E. Y. Webb, 
who introduced in the United States Congress the bill which led to the 
national charter of Boy Scouts of America. 

Judge Webb, who had always been a strong supporter of scouting 
and at the time was a Congressman, led on effort before Congress which 
was climaxed on June 15, 1916 when both houses granted to the scouts 
a national charter. In 1923 Judge Webb headed the organization of the 
first Boy Scout troop in Cleveland County which was at Shelby's First 
Presbyterian Church. The second Boy Scout troop to be organized was at 
First Baptist Church in 1927 with Henry B. Edwards as Scoutmaster and 
Dr. H. S. Plaster assistant. 

The Piedmont Council was also organized by Judge Webb and was 
first comprised of five counties. Today the council involves Scouting in 
1 1 counties. 

The First Baptist Church troop was formerly called Troop No. 2 when 
organized by Edwards and Dr. Plaster in 1927 and has been a continuous 
charter since. The two leaders were also active in initiating troops at 
Belwood, Dover and Shelby Mill. 

In a transition period all over the council, individual troops were 
given new numbers and the church troop on a re-registration in February, 
1 961 became Troop 101. Since 1 967 the county has been officially known 
as the Battleground district of the Piedmont Council. 

Scouts in the early troops will no doubt retain fond memories of 
their first camping trips which took them to the E. F. McKinney farm on 
North LaFayette Street Extension. Mr. McKinney allowed the troop to use 
a site at the bend of the river and it was not long before the scouts built 
a log cabin about 40 feet long and 35 feet wide which afterwards housed 
much of the scouting activities. The scouts gathered at the church on 
Friday afternoons, especially in the summer and early fall, and in uniform 
marched to the cabin "army style." They worked on their various merit 
badges and enjoyed swimming in the river. 

Among the first scouts to enjoy the program were Alfred Eskridge, 
George Blanton, Jr., Joe and Lyle Thompson, Zeno Wall, Jr., Oakland 
Morrison and H. A. Logan, Jr. 

In the early years of scouting, the troop put on demonstrations and 
participated in competitive events in a roped off portion of the street at 
the corner of Marion and Washington. The Cleveland County Fair has 



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always offered space for Scout exhibits in which the troop has entered. 

The opening of Lake Lanier at Tryon in 1927 was simultaneous with 
the church's scouting program and enhanced its popularity among the 
youngsters. Scoutmaster Edwards accompanied his troop on an encamp- 
ment to Lake Lanier the first summer of its operation and it has since 
been a regular event. In fact, the first years of scouting in the church 
were very active and held much interest among the boys 12 years of age 
and older. 

Later years found the scouting program carried out in the metal 
building back of the church, just outside the kitchen. Today scouts meet 
in the Clyde Short building where much of the youth program is carried 
out. 

Scout week is observed annually in February and one service during 
the month highlights the Scouting movement. Scouts from the church also 
participate in local activities each year when city and county governments 
turn ther offices over to them for a day. 

EAGLE SCOUTS 

Among those from First Baptist who have attained the Eagle rank 
are: Mai Spongier, Jr., Alfred Eskridge, Zeno Wall, Jr., George Blanton, 
Jr., Edward Washburn, Oakland Morrison, H. A. Logan, Jr., Edwin Spong- 
ier, Eugene Poston, Jack Ramsey, Avery W. McMurry, Rush Hamrick, Jr., 
Rush Hamrick, III, Dick Lackey, John A. Wells, David Royster, Dahl 
Freeman, Dennis King, Harry L. Nolan, Jr., Bob Yelton, Don Yelton, Ben 
Gilliatt, Bryant Wilder, Max Daves, Jr., Charles Nolan, Vance Suttle, 
Harry Ramsey, Teddy Booker, Steven Costner, Charles P. Swift and Jimmy 
Swift. 

ACTIVE LEADERSHIP 

Many persons have been active in the church's scouting program 
and devoted many years of service but probably the most enthusiastic and 
dedicated tenures have been those of Dr. H. S. Plaster who, since the 
formation and chartering of the troop, has served in about every capacity. 
Too, he has fulfilled many duties in the Cleveland district, which is now 
known as the Battleground district. In addition to his work with the church 
troop he has served as president of the Piedmont Council (1965-67); 
chairman of the Piedmont Council Health and Safety Committee (1953- 
64); and is at present vice president of the Council. He has received 
scouting's highest honors: the Scouters Award, the Scoutmaster's Key, 
Silver Beaver and Wood Badge. 

At impressive ceremonies on February 13, 1968 at the Piedmont 
Council Scout Banquet, Dr. Avery W. McMurry and John McMurry re- 
ceived the highest honors the Council can confer on adult leadership - 
the Silver Beaver Award. This was an unusual event in that never before 
had brothers received the award simultaneously. 

It is also believed that the church is one of very few which can 
boast of having three members who have been awarded the Silver Beaver. 

Dr. McMurry has served seven years on the district level, first as vice 
chairman and then chairman of the Cleveland District. He is presently 



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on the advisory committee of the Piedmont Council. He organized and 
is chairman of the Medical Explorer Post at Cleveland Memorial Hospital 
and in July, 1969 served as Medical officer at the Seventh National Jam- 
boree in Farragut, Idaho. John McMurry has worked with Exploring for 
10 years and served as advisor to the Explorers in the Council cabinet. 
He is presently training chairman for Exploring in the Piedmont Council. 
J. Alvin Propst, who organized the Belwood troop in 1928 and was 
scoutmaster at First Baptist in the early 1930s, earned 1 10 merit badges 
in. his scouting career which spanned 25 years. An Eagle scout, he won 
the Scoutmasters Key and was chairman of the Piedmont Council for sev- 
eral years. 




ACTIVE SCOUTERS— left to right: James Jordan, Dr. H. S. 
Plaster, Dr. A. W. McMurry, John McMurry. 

SCOUTMASTERS 

Records of the scouting program at the church have not been kept 
in permanent file through the years and it has been difficult to determine 
years of service of many leaders. It is believed the names of Scoutmasters 
and their terms are as follows: 



Henry B. Edwards 


1927 through 


930 


J. Alvin Propst 


1931 through 


934 


Dr. Wyan Washburn 


1935 through 


937 


H. A. Logan, Jr. 


1937 through 


939 


J. Alvin Propst 


1940 through 


942 


Dr. B. M. Jarrett 


1943 through 


944 


Jack Ramsey 


1945 through 


949 


Ted Riviere 




950 


Harold W. Causby 


1951 through 


953 


Julian W. Hamrick 


1954 through 


957 


Robert K. Wilson, Sr. 




958 


Dr. Hubert Plaster 


1959 through 


963 


Charles A. Horn 




964 


Dr. John D. Baker 


1965 through 


967 


W. Gerald Osborne 


1968 through 





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CUB SCOUTING 

The Cub Scout program was officially chartered November 29, 1953 
at First Baptist with R. K. Wilson as leader and Randolph Martin assist- 
ant. Wilson, who has been active in scouting many years, continued as 
cub leader until 1957 when Ed Young became leader and served for nine 
years, until 1966. Young was awarded the Scouter's Key for helping set 
up cub packs over the county. David Jay succeeded Young and continues 
in his role today as cub leader. 

GIRL SCOUTS 

The Girl Scouts were organized at First Baptist in 1944 and chartered 
in 1945. Among the first leaders were Miss Carolyn Williams (Mrs. Jim- 
my Freeman), Miss Millie Hicks (Mrs. W. J. Jones, Jr.) and Miss Marga- 
ret Long (Mrs. Bob Callahan) . 

Several girls in the church earned their Curved Bars, the highest 
award bestowed, before Girl Scouting was discontinued as a church pro- 
gram. 

First to receive the Curved Bar in June, 1955 were Montrose Mea- 
cham and Lynn Blanton. 

In February, 1961, under the leadership of Mrs. C. H. Blanton and 
Mrs. Jimmy Blanton, the following received the Curved Bar: Jonanna 
Allen, Elizabeth Ann Blanton, Cindy Blanton, Rosalind Ramsey, Lynn 
Hamrick, Cecilia Butler, Diane White, Judy Jones and Patty Bowers. 

Under the leadership of Mrs. Ned Smith and Mrs. John Kendrick, 
those who received the Curved Bar in March, 1962 were Jane Ann Best, 
Toni Strickland, Lynn Spangler, Patsy Love, Marsha Young, Virginia Ray- 
nor, Elizabeth Ann Hamrick, Vickie Stal lings, Susie Kendrick and Cathy 
Smith. 



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PASTORS 

1847 — 1969 



REV. JAMES MILTON WEBB 

First Pastor 

First pastor of First Baptist Church was James Milton 
Webb, native of Rutherford County who accepted the pas- 
torate on June 19, 1847 and served until December 23, 
1849. He was for many years a leading minister of Cleve- 
land and Rutherford 
counties and also serv- 
ed both the Broad Riv- 
er and the Green River 
Associations as mode- 
rator and clerk. 

Born October 7, 
1 802, he grew to young 
manhood on his fath- 
er's farm in Rutherford 
county, and the first 
years of his life were 
perhaps no more event- 
ful than those of many 
other young men of his 
day. However, he did 
secure an education 
above the average for 
his day, entering the 
ministry in 1833 and 
ordained in 1834. 

He was elected to 
the North Carolina 
General Assembly from 
Rutherford County at the age of 26 and represented Ruth- 
erford County in the N. C. Legislature in the years 1828, 
1830 and 1831. In addition to being a legislator and a 
minister, he was clerk of superior court of Rutherford Coun- 
ty for 16 years, from 1833 to 1848, and a newspaper edi- 
tor and publisher. 

At one time in Rev. Webb's career he was a news- 
paper editor, minister, and clerk of court at the same time. 




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Twice married, his first wife was Miss Katherine 
White and to this union were born thirteen children, ten 
sons and three daughters. His second wife was Miss 
Nancy Hampton and to this union were born two sons and 
one daughter. 

The Rev. Webb died April 24, 1854 and was buried 
in the garden of his old home and later moved, in June, 
1966, to Concord Baptist church in Rutherford county 
where he held his first pastorate from 1834 until Decem- 
ber 1848. 

Rev. Webb was the great-grandfather of Shelby's be- 
loved Mrs. 0. Max Gardner who died January 16, 1969 at 
the age of 83. 



REV. M. C. BARNETT 

Second Pastor 

Serving the Shelby Baptist Church in two different 
pastorates, the Rev. M. C. Barnett came first on December 
31, 1849 and continued until November 30, 1850. He ac- 
cepted a second call to the church on January 22, 1866 

and remained until De- 
cember 31, 1870. 

Born May 20, 1818 
in Spartanburg County, 
S. C, his early educa- 
tion was very limited 
but by hard work and 
constant devotion to his 
studies he became one 
of the best educated 
men of his day. The 
Rev. Barnett was or- 
dained a Baptist min- 
ister in March, 1843 at 
Cedar Springs Church, 
his home church near 
Spartanburg, S. C. 

He was married to 
Miss Nazareth Lips- 
comb. 

Rev. Barnett died in 
Shelby on September 
20, 1 872 and was bur- 
ied at El Bethel Baptist Church in York County, S. C. 




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REV. WADE HILL 

Third Pastor 



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REV. A. J. CANSLER 

Fourth Pastor 

A. J. Cansler was born May 26, 1 825 in Lincoln Coun- 
ty and was educated in the Lincolnton schools before going 
to the University of North Carolina where he studied law, 
graduating in the class of 1847. 

Rev. Cansler began 
the practice of law but 
gave it up shortly after 
his marriage to Miss 
Mary Ann Martin of 
Wilkes County, an ac- 
complished lady and 
devoted christian. He 
was converted and 
baptized by the Rev. 
Wade Hill who influ- 
enced him to become 
a minister, and was or- 
dained to preach in 
1850. 

He was pastor of 
Shelby Baptist Church 
from January, 1853 
until December 31, 
1856. 

He also published 
for a short time in Shel- 
by "The Carolina In- 
telligencer", which was the first or second newspaper pub- 
lished in Cleveland County. He moved to the state of 
Arkansas and after residing there for a few years died on 
February 24, 1872. 

Son of Sheriff Henry Cansler of Lincoln county, Rev. 
Cansler's diary revealed that he baptised 3,000 persons 
during his ministry. He was elected clerk of the Broad 
River Association in 1853. 

It was said that the Rev. Cansler indulged too freely 
in pipe smoking and folks said that the excessive use of 
tobacco was an evil. His diary showed that he baptized 
around three thousand people during his ministry. 




"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, 
and loving favour rather than silver and gold." Proverbs 22:1 



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REV. THOMAS DIXON 

Fifth Pastor 

Thomas Dixon was born December 24, 1820 in what 
is now Cherokee County, South Carolina — just across the 
state line near Grover and the Kings Mountain Battle- 
ground. 

He was the son of 
David and Suzannah 
Hambright Dixon and 
a grandson of Freder- 
ick Hambright, hero of 
the Battle of Kings 
Mountain. His father 
died at on early age, 
leaving him to support 
his mother and three 
younger children o n 
the farm. His mother 
lived to be one hundred 
and four years of age. 

At the age of eigh- 
teen, he was baptized 
at the Antioch Church 
near Grover and was 
ordained to preach in 
1844. In 1848 he mar- 
ried Amanda Elizabeth 
McAfee, youngest 
daughter of Abner Mc- 
Afee. To this union 
were born three sons and two daughters. . One of the sons, 
A. Clarence was a preacher; Tom, Jr. was a lawyer, preach- 
er, author (famous for "The Clansman" which was "Birth 
of a Nation" on the screen), actor and motion picture di- 
rector; and Frank was a preacher and lecturer. Of the 
daughters, Delia Dixon Carroll was the first woman doc- 
tor in North Carolina and was physician at Meredith Col- 
lege. Addie Dixon Thacker was a writer. 

The Rev. Dixon fell heir to thirty-two slaves from his 
father-in-law and in 1860 he migrated to Little Rock, Ark- 
ansas with his slaves where land was cheaper and the agi- 
tation over slavery less acute. When slaves were freed, 
his slaves left to be on their own also. However, within a 
year all had returned and asked him to take them back. 
They told him they enjoyed better food, clothes and atten- 
tion while they were with him than they had known since 
their freedom. Due to the Northern occupation of the 




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South, it was not possible for him to take them back. 

In 1851 the Kings Mountain Association was organiz- 
ed and Thomas Dixon was first moderator. 

He served as pastor of Shelby First Baptist Church 
from January to December, 1857 and from January to De- 
cember, 1859. 

In 1881 he served four churches at the same time— 
Antioch and Buffalo in South Carolina and Sandy Run and 
New Bethel in North Carolina. For his year's work in these 
churches he received $100 plus poundings from his church 
members. He was pastor of the Buffalo Church for more 
than 40 years and of New Prospect Church for 55 years. 

He was buried at New Prospect May 1, 1909. 

The Rev. Dixon organized twenty Baptist churches, 
baptized over 6,000 persons and married more than 5,000 
couples. He was never late for any of his services. 



DR. E. A. CRAWLEY 

Sixth Pastor 

A very learned person and widely traveled, Dr. E. A. 
Crawley twice served as pastor of Shelby Baptist Church. 
His first pastorate began on January 1, 1861 and continu- 
ed until February 15, 1863 while his second pastorate was 

a very short one — from 
September 3, 1864 un- 
til January 1, 1865. 

Born in England and 
brought up in Canada, 
Dr. Crawley graduated 
from Kings College, 
Nova Scotia in 1819. 
He gave up the prac- 
tice of law in 1 827 and 
studied Biblical Inter- 
pretation under Profes- 
sor Moses Stuart at 
Andover, later was or- 
dained at Providence, 
Rhode Island in 1830. 
Brown University hon- 
ored him in 1846 with 
the Doctor of Divinity 
Degree. 

He was pastor of 
Granville Street Baptist 
Church i n Halifax, 
Nova Scotia for thir- 




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teen years and became president of Acadia College in Nova 
Scotia in 1854. 

Dr. Crawley came to the United States about 1860 
and spent seven years in this country, returning to Canada 
in 1 867 to again become president of Acadia College. 

He also served as principal of the Roberts Female 
Academy in Shelby. 



REV. TILLMAN R. GAINES 

Seventh Pastor 

Born October 27, 1834, Tillman R. Gaines was a na- 
tive of Greenville, South Carolina. He attended rural 
schools during his youth and was taught to farm until he 
was fifteen years old at which time he learned the carriage 

making trade at home 
in his father's shop, 
where he worked until 
he was twenty years 
old. 

Entering F u rm a n 
University in 1 854, he 
studied literary and 
scientific courses, grad- 
uating in 1860. 

After graduation 
the Rev. Gaines studied 
a year at Southern Bap- 
tist Theological Semi- 
nary, leaving the sem- 
inary in the fall of 
1861 to volunteer as a 
private. He entered 
Company A, 16th S. C. 
Regiment, and served 
about one year as 
chaplain. 

He became pastor of 
Shelby Baptist Church in February, 1 863 and while here or- 
ganized "The Shelby Female Academy." Also during his 
pastorate here the first Sunday School was organized with 
the Rev. G. M. Webb assisting him in 1864. 

In his later years he turned his attention from the 
ministry to other lines of activity, mostly the editing of re- 
ligious papers in South Carolina. 

He was married to Miss Julia Ellen Gaffney. 
It is recorded that he baptized fifty people during his 
ministry as pastor of Shelby Baptist Church. 




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DR. NEEDHAM B. COBB 

Eighth Pastor 

Dr. Needham B. Cobb came to Shelby Baptist Church 
in January, 1870 and continued his ministry here until De- 
cember, 1872, later becoming president of the North Caro- 
lina Baptist Convention in which capacity he served from 

1879-1881. 

Born in Jones Coun- 
ty, North. Carolina on 
February 1, 1836, he 
was graduated from the 
University of North 
Carolina in 1854 and 
taught school in Wayne 
and Cabarrus Counties 
for three years. He 
then studied and prac- 
ticed law for a few 
years before entering 
the ministry. He was 
a member of the Epis- 
copal Church until 
1 859 when he became 
a Baptist and was or- 
dained to preach in 
1860. 

Dr. Cobb was chap- 
lain of the 4th N. C. 
Regiment during the 
Civil War from 1862 
until the end of the war. He became corresponding secre- 
tary of the Sunday School Board and served as pastor of 
Baptist churches at Elizabeth City, N. C, Portsmouth, Va., 
Shelby, Rockingham and Fayetteville. 

Dr. Cobb and Dr. J. D. Hufham, both of whom were 
to become pastors of Shelby Baptist Church, published The 
Daily Record in Raleigh after the Civil War. At one time 
Dr. Cobb was state superintendent of the Baptist Sunday 
School Board. He was the first person to receive the M. A. 
degree at the University of North Carolina in 1856. The 
degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him in 
1889 by Judson College and he was aiso the first short- 
hand teacher in North Carolina and was known as a his- 
torian of his state and his denomination. 

Rev. Cobb was the father of Collier Cobb, a child prod- 




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igy and Kenan Professor of Geology at the University of 
North Carolina for 40 years who died at age 72 in 1943. 
Rev Cobb's daughter, Lucy M. Cobb, died July 6, 1969 at 
age 91 at her home in Chapel Hill She was the author of 
A Gift for Penelope, Gaius and Gaius, Jr and The Preach- 
ers Three 



REV. A. L STOUGH 

Ninth Pastor 

A. L Stough was born in Hamburg, Germany on Feb- 
ruary 28, 1825 and was educated for the Catholic priest- 
hood in Hamburg However, he came to Norfolk, Va , in 
1847 and became a Baptist, studying theology under Dr 

George W Purefoy for 
two years before be- 
coming a Baptist 
preacher in the Sandy 
Creek Association of 
Virginia. He was a 
chaplain in the Con- 
federate Army during 
the War Between the 
States. 

Pastor of Shelby 
Baptist Church from 
1875 through 1879, 
Rev. Stough was a 
Baptist preacher for 
more than 60 years. 
He left Shelby to 
preach in Mecklenburg 
County until his death 
on December 28, 1909. 
He is buried in the 
cemetery at Flint Hill 
Church in York County, 
S. C , where he preached for 19 years. 

The Stough Memorial Church in Pineville, N. C. was 
organized by him in 1903. 




''Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your 
hearts before him." Psalm 62:8 



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REV. J. A. WHITE 



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Tenth Pastor 

The Rev. J. A White's pastorate at Shelby Baptist 
Church was very short, from March 15, 1 S80 until Au- 
gust 26, 1880 and is the shortest on record of this church. 
He moved to Shelby as principal of Shelbv High School 

and rendered satisfac- 
tory service there for 
several years, accord- 
ing to records, and it 
was while he was serv- 
ing as principal that 
he postered this church. 
Born in Winston- 
Salem en November 1 , 
1 846, he was educated 
at Wake Forest College 
and followed both 
teaching and preach- 
ing careers for about 
fifty years. After leav- 
ing Shelby he was pas- 
tor of the Blacksburg, 
S. C. Baptist Church as 
well as being principal 
of the high school 
there. 

In 1 892 he moved to 
Taylorsville and there 
organized the Taylors- 
ville Collegiate Institute, now out of existence. In 1898 he 
moved to Lenoir where he was principal of the school there 
and later taught in the Appalachian Training School at 
Boone. He moved to Murphy, taught there, and finally 
returned to Taylorsville where he died April 5, 1922. 

He was married to Miss Maggie Sharpe of Alexan- 
der County, and four of their seven children were born in 
Shelby. 

Rev. White was the uncle of Rev. Lee McBride White 
who was pastor in 1917-18. 





"'Keep my commandments, and live: and my law as the 
apple of thine eye." Proverbs 1:2 



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DR. W. A. NELSON 



Eleventh Pastor 

Dr. W. A. Nelson was born in Jefferson County, Ten- 
nessee on July 1, 1837 and graduated from Carson-New- 
man College in 1 859. He was ordained to preach in 1 860. 

Dr. Nelson served as pastor of the Shelby Baptist 

Church from August 
26, 1880 until Septem- 
ber 30, 1883. While 
here he was largely in- 
strumental in further 
promoting the Shelby 
Female College which 
for a number of years 
rendered great service 
to the young woman- 
hood of this section. 

It was during this 
pastorate that the 
church and Sunday 
School first took a de- 
cisive step forward, the 
secret of Dr. Nelson's 
success being that he 
found a place for every 
member to work and 
put the member to 
work in that place. 

He was at one time 
president of Judson 
College and held many prominent pastorates after leav- 
ing Shelby. 




"And the lord said- unto the servant. Go out into the 
highways and hedges, and compel them to come in that my 
house may be filled." St. Luke 15:23 



"Behold. I stand at the door, and knock: if any man 
hear my voice and open the door. I will come in to him. 
and will sup with him, and he with me." Revelation 3:20 



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REV. R. D. MALLARY 



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Twelfth Pastor 

The Rev. R. D. Mallary served three interim pastor- 
ates of Shelby Baptist Church, the first from September 30, 

1883 until January 1, 
1 884; the second from 
September 1 , 1 885 un- 
til November 1, 1 885; 
and thirdly, from Au- 
ust 10, 1887 until No- 
vember 15, 1887. 

Born in South Caro- 
olina and reared in 
Georgia, Rev. Mallary 
was ordained to the 
work of the ministry in 
Albany, Ga. He was 
also head of the Shelby 
Female College for sev- 
eral years. 

Before the Civil War 
he was connected with 
the Georgia Female 
College, Madison, Ga. 
Following the Civil War 
he was head of the Un- 
ion Female college at 
Eufala, Ala., and for 
six years before coming 
to Shelby was president 
of Shorter College in 
Rome, Ga. 




"Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for 
he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." Psalms 106:1 



"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous ivords 
stir up anger. The tongue of the ivise useth knowledge 
aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness." Pro- 
verbs 15:1-2 



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REV. W. B. BUSSEY 




Thirteenth Pastor 

The Rev. W. B. Bus- 
sey, native of Georgia, 
served a little less than 
two years as pastor of 
the Shelby Baptist 
Church, resigning to 
accept a pastorate in 
his native state. 

Much of the spirit of 
progress manifested by 
the church under Dr. 
Nelson continued un- 
der Rev. Bussey. The 
Christ-like spirit of this 
faithful servant won 
for him the love of all 
who knew him. 

His pastorate was 
from January 1, 1884 
until September 2, 
1885 

Little else is known 
or has been recorded of 
Rev. Bussey. 



DR. W. H. STRICKLAND 

Fourteenth Pastor 

Dr. W. H. Strickland 
served as pastor from 
November 1 , 1 885 un- 
til June 27, 1887. He 
was a man of marked 
ability and of learning 
but his pastorate was 
too short to accomplish 
a great deal in church 
progress. 

Very little is known 
of his work after leav- 
ing this pastorate ex- 
cept that he became 
corresponding secretary 
of the South Carolina 
Home Mission Board. 




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REV. J. M. McMANAWAY 



Fifteenth Pastor 

The Rev. J. M. McManaway was born in Virginia, edu- 
cated at Richmond College and at the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. He was pastor of churches in Vir- 
ginia, Indiana and Kentucky before coming to North Caro- 
lina where he served 
pastorates at Wilson, 
Tarboro and Shelby. 
After leaving Shelby he 
pastored churches in 
Louisiana and Missouri. 
It was during his 
pastorate at Shelby 
Baptist from Novem- 
ber 15, 1887 until 
June 1, 1890 that the 
second building was 
erected on the present 
church site. He was 
remarkably successful 
in leading the church 
to do greater things in 
a financial way as well 
as spiritually. 

Rev. McManaway 
was considered a good 
pastor and Bible 
preacher, referring to 
scriptures as background for all his propositions. He held 
several prominent pastorates after leaving Shelby Baptist 
Church but was an invalid for a number of years prior to 
his death in 1922 in the state of Virginia. 




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"Bless the Lord O my soul; and all that is within me, 
bless his holy name." Psalm 103:1 



"I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will 
shew forth all thy marvelous work." Psalm 9:1 



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REV. G. P. HAMRICK 

Sixteenth Pastor 

The carillonic bells in First Baptist Church that are 
heard today were dedicated in memory of the Rev. and Mrs. 
G. P. Hamrick by their son, Earle A. Hamrick and family 
in 1945. 

Much of the prog- 
ress in the Baptist de- 
nomination in this sec- 
tion of the Carolinas is 
owed to the leadership 
of the Rev. Hamrick, 
who was pastor of this 
church from July 1, 
1890 until February 1, 
1892. Ordained in Jan- 
uary, 1 880 he held pas- 
torates in Grover, Boil- 
ing Springs, Asheville, 
Biltmore, Canton and 
Shelby in North Caro- 
lina; Buffalo, Pacolet 
and Fingerville in South 
Carolina. 

Rev. Hamrick was 

b or n in Cleveland 

County near Boiling 

Springs on August 23, 

1849 and joined the 

Boiling Springs church 

in 1863. He was educated at Wake Forest College from 

which he graduated in 1879, and also graduated from 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Rev. Hamrick was married to Miss Sarah (Sallie) 
Anthony, also of Cleveland County, on Christmas Day, 
1 884. Rev. Hamrick died October 1 5, 1 924 and Mrs. Ham- 
rick died in the spring of 1944. Both are buried in Sunset 
cemetery. 

In addition to the ministry Rev. Hamrick was a suc- 
cessful business man and was connected with Limestone 
and Hamrick Mills in Gaffney, S. C. He was instrumental 
in the organization of Eastside and Dover Baptist churches. 
His pastorates spanned a period of forty years. 




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REV. J. L SPROLES 

Seventeenth Pastor 




The Rev. J. L. 
Sproles has been First 
Baptist Church's only 
bachelor pastor and he 
served from February 
1, 1892 until March 5, 
1894 He held many 
prominent pastorates 
after leaving the Shel- 
by church. 

A young man cf 
striking personality and 
a good preacher, the 
Rev. Sproles was a 
roommate at Southern 
B a p t is t Theological 
Seminary of the Rev. 
John W. Suttle, Bap- 
tist minister of Cleve- 
land county for 65 
years, and he officiated 
at the marriage of Mr. 
and Mrs. Suttle in 
1893. 



Rev. Sproles was pastor when Miss Ollie Hamrick, the 
church's oldest member, was baptised and she has in her 
possession a small Testament he gave to her when she was 
a member of the Sunday School class he also taught. 

Rev. Sproles moved to California shortly after leaving 
Shelby and corresponded with Rev. and Mrs. Suttle for a 
short while. Nothing has been heard from him since early 

1900. 




"Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath 
made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the 
sheep of his pasture." Psalm, 100:3 



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DR. J. D. HUFHAM 



Eighteenth Pastor 

Dr. J. D. Hufham was born on May 26, 1834 at Me- 
bane, N. C. and received his education in the Mebane 
schools and Wake Forest College, from which he graduated 
in 1856. 

Dr. Hufham was an 
active and leading 
member of the Baptist 
State Convention of 
North Carolina and 
held many positions of 
honor and trust. He 
was corresponding sec- 
retary of the conven- 
tion and editor of the 
Biblical Recorder dur- 
ing the Civil War years 
of 1861-1867. The Bib- 
lical Recorder was the 
only religious paper in 
the south that con- 
tinued publication dur- 
ing the Civil War. 

Dr. Hufham served 
this church as pastor 
from May 1, 1894 un- 
til October 1, 1896. 
He died in Mebane on 
March 27, 1921. 





"The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my 
shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my 
refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence." 2 Sam- 
uel 22:3 



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REV. R. F. TREDWAY 

Nineteenth Pastor 

In the six years the Rev. R. F. Tredway pastored first 
Baptist Church he greatly endeared himself to the church 
and to the people of this community. Beginning his pas- 
torate in 1 896, he con- 
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ tinued until December, 

1902 when he resigned 
to become pastor of 
Clayton Street Church 
in Montgomery, Ala. 

Born at Chatham, 
Va. on December 25. 
1858. Rev. Tredway 
was the son of W. M. 
Tredway and Rebecca 
C. Martin and one his- 
torian said "he came 
into the world with 
some of the best Vir- 
ginia blood flowing in 
his veins." 

As a mere lad he 
was converted and bap- 
tized under the preach- 
ing of Dr. W. S. Pen- 
ick, a lifelong friend. 

After his college and 
theological course he 
was called to some country churches in his native Virginia 
where he did faithful and lasting service. In 1894 through 
the influence of Dr. Penick he went to Louisiana and ac- 
cepted the care of the church at Mansfield and it was here 
he met Miss Margaret (Margie! Cunningham, a beautiful, 
gifted and consecrated young lady to whom he was mar- 
ried in 1897. 

Following a most successful pastorate at Mansfield 
he was called to our church and after leaving Shelby for 
the Montgomery church, he later returned to Mansfield to 
do another splendid work as pastor where it was written 
that "No man has ever made the empress upon the Mans- 
field church and community that this man did." 

From Mansfield he went to the First Baptist Church 
of Camden, Ark., and here he was in his last pastorate and 
did his crowning work as pastor. Later he returned to 




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Louisiana and was called to the evangelistic work under 
the State Mission Board. After a year's successful service 
he was called as on evangelist by the Southern Baptist 
Home Mission Board and his work here until his death was 
eminently satisfactory. In the very last meeting he held in 
Alabama, there were more conversions and additions to 
the church at which he preached than any other in the 
campaign. He returned from this meeting and died a few 
days later of pneumonia on January 3. 1913. 



DR. W. D. HUBBARD 

Twentieth Pastor 

Dr. W. D. Hubbard came to the Shelby Baptist Church 
after resigning his pastorate at Tabernacle Church in Ra- 
leigh and served our 
church for more than 
one year. His pastorate 
began on January 1 1 , 
1903 and concluded 
on February 14, 1904, 
and he accepted the 
call with the under- 
standing that it would 
be temporary 

During his brief min- 
istry here, he endeared 
himself to every mem- 
ber of the church and 
to all citizens of Shel- 
by. He went from Shel- 
by to Troy and then to 
Greensboro, Alabama. 

Dr. Hubbard preach- 
ed the Thanksgiving 
and Dedication service 
on the 75th anniver- 
sary of our church in 
1922. 




"A good man obtaineth a favour of the Lord; but a man 
of wicked devices will he condemn," Proverbs 12:2 



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REV. M. E. PARRISH 



Twenty-first Pastor 

The Rev. M. E. Parrish came to Shelby from First Bap- 
tist Church in Salisbury and served almost five years, from 

February 24, 1904 un- 
til November 1, 1908. 
He left Shelby to ac- 
cept a pastorate at 
Portsmouth, Va., where 
he served with marked 
success until his death 
on June 11, 1910. 

Rev. Parrish was a 
man of marked ability 
and enthusiasm and it 
is written that he ac- 
complished much for 
the Master while pas- 
tor of this church. He 
had the desire to erect 
a new building while 
he was here but the 
church was not ready 
to undertake this task. 

Rev. Parrish was c 
native of Virginia and 
graduated from Rich- 
mond College with an 
M. A. Degree in 1 




"Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that 
deal truly arre his delight." Proverbs 12:22 



"And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the 
highways and hedges, and compel them to come in that my 
house may be filled." St. Luke 15:23 



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REV. CHARLES AUGUSTUS JENKINS 



Twenty-second Pastor 

The Rev. Charles Augustus Jenkins pastored First 
Baptist Church from 1908 until 1911 and it was during 
his pastorate the third church building was conceived and 
erected. 

He was graduated 
from the University of 
Virginia and it was 
while a student at the 
University that he left 
the High Episcopal 
Church and joined the 
Baptist Church. This 
was considered a dis- 
graceful act by his 
family but he was or- 
dained a Baptist minis- 
ter. He met Miss Lily 
Cocke while at the Uni- 
versity and after they 
were married they mov- 
ed to North Carolina. 
Warsaw, N. C, was 
the young preacher's 
first pastorate. Other 
pastorates i n c lu d e d 
Louisburg, Statesville, 
Goldsboro, New Bruns- 
wick, New Jersey, Ox- 
ford, Chapel Hill, New Bern and back to Goldsboro. His 
last active pastorate was in Shelby. 

The Rev. Jenkins' mother was born Rosalie Carter, 
daughter of King Carter of Virginia. It is interesting to 
note that King Carter was the grandson of George Wash- 
ington's sister, Betty Lewis, who was the wife of Fielding 
Lewis. 

After retirement, Rev. and Mrs. Jenkins moved to 
Clayton, N. C. where their rose garden, grape vineyard, 
beautiful lawn and rare vegetables were known and ac- 
claimed far and wide. His retirement was short-lived, how- 
ever, because he accepted a call to the Mt. Moriah Baptist 
Church five miles from Clayton and he later served Zebu- 
Ion Baptist Church, twenty-five miles from Clayton. While 
standing in this pulpit on April 9, 1922, a messenger ar- 
rived to tell him that his wife had suddenly passed away. 




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Five years later Rev. Jenkins died. 

Rev. Jenkins authored several books, among them The 
Bride's Return, What Made Me A Baptist, Good Gumption 
and Christ On The Phone. He also edited Baptist Doctrines. 



LEWIS WALTER SWOPE, D. D. Th. M., B. A. 

Twenty-third Pastor 

Rev. L. W. Swope received a call from the First Bap- 
tist Church which he accepted in December, 1911 and 
served until June, 1916 when he took a leave of absence 
to go with the National Guard to Texas where Mexican 

Border trouble had 
erupted. 

Born August 28, 
1878 in Linside, West 
Virginia, Rev. Swope 
was one of nine chil- 
dren of William and 
Rebecca Swope. He was 
graduated from the 
University of West 
Virginia and the South- 
ern Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Louisville, 
Ky. His first pastorate 
was at Green Bay, Wis- 
consin and others fol- 
lowed at Newberry, S. 
C, McCall, S. C, 
Louisburg, N. C. and 
then at Shelby. 

After accompanying 
the National Guard to 
Texas, he was com- 
missioned captain and 
chaplain of the First North Carolina Infantry Regiment in 
May, 1915 and later enlisted in the regular army as cap- 
tain and chaplain and served until 1918 when he resigned 
his commission to accept a call from the church at Boiling 
Springs. He served as pastor of this church for two years 
and also taught Bible in the Boiling Springs High School 
before going to Erwin, Tenn. 

The next few years were spent in ministerial work in 
churches in Tennessee, West Virginia and North Carolina, 
serving New Hope Church at Earl and Elizabeth Church 




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near Shelby. 

In 1936 Rev. Swope built a home near Shelby where 
he lived until his death on January 25, 1941. He is bur- 
ied in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby and two of his children 
are buried beside him. 

Although six children were born to Rev. and Mrs. 
Swope, only three grew to adulthood. Two sons and a 
daughter are still living — Dr. Ralph E. Swope and Mrs. 
Russell Gwinn of New York City and Paul W. Swope of 
Charleston, West Virginia. Mrs. Swope lived in New York 
after Rev. Swope's death until she died on June 26, 1963. 

In addition to his brilliant "sermonizing," Rev. Swope 
was in much demand as a speaker for public occasions. 
His memory for faces and names was remarkable and he 
rarely forgot anyone whom he had ever met. 

DR. LEE McBRIDE WHITE 

Twenty-fourth Pastor 

Dr. Lee McBride White served a short pastorate at 
First Baptist beginning in March, 1917 and continuing 
until June 15, 1918. 

Born August 9, 1887 in Raleigh, Dr. White was 

graduated from Wake 
Forest College in 1908 
and did graduate work 
at Cornell University 
before going to the 
Southern Baptist Sem- 
inary. His first pas- 
torate was at Monroe, 
N. C. and then at Shel- 
by, after which he held 
pastorates in Chester, 
S. C, Kinston, N. C, 
Riverside Baptist in 
Jacksonville, Fla., and 
at the West End Bap- 
tist Church in Bir- 
mingham, Ala. 

While living in Ches- 
ter, S. C, twin sons 
were born to Dr. and 
Mrs. White, both born 
spastic paralytics. Since 
that time Dr. White 
has devoted a great 
part of his time to work with handicapped children and he 




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founded the Lee McBride White School for the Handicap- 
ped in Birmingham on November 6, 1936. Daring to lead 
the way in this work, Dr. White gave up a secure and bril- 
liant career as a Baptist minister to plunge at the age of 50 
into the task of schooling afflicted children, particularly 
spastic paralytics. Since founding the Lee McBride White 
school, over 1,500 children from 28 states have been help- 
ed. 

Dr. White died October 4, 1968 at his home in Bir- 
mingham. 



REV. J. MARCUS KESTER 

Twenty-fifth Pastor 

Rev. J. Marcus Kester was called to First Baptist 
Church on April 15, 1919 and served until December, 1 922. 
From Shelby he went to the Baptist headquarters in Rich- 
mond, Va. to serve as secretary of the Foreign Mission 

Board, later accepting 
a call from the First 
Baptist Church in Wil- 
mington, N. C. in 1924 
where he served until 
his death in 1936. 

Born April 26, 1887 
on a farm in Cleveland 
County near Kings 
Mountain, he was a son 
of John H. Kester and 
Margaret Bird Kester. 
His earliest known an- 
cestor was John G. 
Kester, one of the early 
German settlers com- 
ing south. He attend- 
ed the poorly equipped 
schools of that day and 
was converted in a 
meeting held at Beth- 
lehem Baptist Church 
when he was fifteen 
years old. 
Rev. Kester entered Mars Hill College in the fall of 
1908 and graduated three years later, entering Wake For- 
est College in September, 1911 from which he was grad- 
uated in 1913. He attended the Newton Theological Sem- 




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inary from 1913-1917 and did special work at Oxford Uni- 
versity in England and at Edinburg University in Scotland. 

Mrs. Kester lives in Charlotte, N. C. and their 10 chil- 
dren, all living, are' five daughters — Gwendolyn, Evelyn, 
Kathleen, Carolyn and Marilyn; five sons — Jack, Truett, 
Mel, Robert and Howard. There are 40 grandchildren and 
nine great-grandchildren. 



DR. ROBERT L LEMMONS 

Twenty-sixth Pastor 

Dr. Robert L. Lemmons was a native of Missouri and 
was a graduate of William Jewell College, the Baptist Col- 
lege of Missouri, and 
the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. 
He came to First 
Baptist Church from 
Salisbury on March 1, 
1923 and held the pas- 
torate here until Sep 
tember 1, 1925 when 
he resigned to return to 
his native state of 
Missouri to be with 
Mrs. Lemmons' moth- 
er, a widow in very 
poor health. 

While serving our 
church, 136 persons 
were united in mem- 
bership. 

Dr. Lemmons return- 
ed to this state and 
was residing in Char- 
lotte when he died on 
August 6, 1939. He 
and Mrs. Lemmons, who survives, were the parents of one 
daughter, Mary Ruth Lemmons. 

Rev. Lemmons and his family were the first to occupy 
the second parsonage which was built and furnished while 
he was pastor. The parsonage was considered to be one of 
the finest of its day. 




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DR. ZENO WALL 

Twenty-seventh Pastor 

Dr. Zeno Wall wrote: "In the spring of 1925 the 
Hon. 0. Max Gardner called on me in Goldsboro where I 
was serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church, and told 
me about your church and its golden opportunities, saying: 

'It is a sleeping giant, 
and we believe you 
could wake it up and 
lead it forward to 
great things.' 

"He then asked if 
I would be willing to 
visit this field and see 
the people and let them 
see and hear me. I 
told him I had never 
preached a 'sample 
sermon' but that I 
would visit the church 
on August 30, 1925, 
as I would be on my 
vacation at my fath- 
er's home then. 

"I came that Sunday 
morning and preached 
from Luke 14:23 on 
"The Compulsion of 
Love." You gave my 
message a good hear- 
ing and one of the deacons came and asked me to go out 
with him. Brother J. H. Quinn called the church into 
conference and in a short time some of the brethren 
came and said: 'Our church gave you a hearty and un- 
animous call and we hope and pray that you will ac- 
cept'." 

Thus began the pastorate of Dr. Zeno Wall at First 
Baptist Church, which was to be the longest in the his- 
tory of our church, from October 1, 1925 until January 
27, 1948, and the greatest in growth. Membership of 
the church grew from 736 to over 2,500 with 1,484 re- 
ceived into the church by baptism and 2,095 uniting by 
letter. The church also increased in gifts from an annual 
budget of $28,000 to $131,225.57. 

Born August 20, 1882 near Mooresboro, N. C, he 




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was a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Wall. He was educated 
in the Rutherford County schools and also attended a 
private school operated by A. B. Flack. Furthering his 
education, he went to Mars Hill College and was grad- 
uated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 
Louisville, Ky. 

Upon completion of his education in Rutherford 
County, he set out on a business career with a textile 
firm in C I i f f side and while there received and accepted 
an invitation to speak in the nearby Mount Pleasant 
Baptist Church, an experience which confirmed in his 
heart his call to preach. 

His pastorates included Marshall, N. C; Mount 
Olive, Miss.; First Baptist, Columbia, Miss.; Mississippi 
Baptist College from which he entered the Military 
Chaplaincy in 1916; First Baptist, Goldsboro, N. C; 
First Baptist, Shelby, and later in his golden years, Eliza- 
beth Baptist Church near Shelby. 

In 1948, already serving as president of the board 
of trustees of the North Carolina Baptist Children's 
Homes, he was invited to become general superintendent, 
serving in this capacity until 1950. 

When he reached retirement age, he returned to 
Shelby but shortly thereafter received a plea to become 
pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church, holding this pas- 
torate for five years and again showing his strength in 
the ministry. He did a marvelous work in rebuilding a 
magnificent new church after fire destroyed the sanc- 
tuary, leading the congregation there in a drive to re- 
build the church, using his well-known "treasury chest" 
for contributions that amounted to $171,235.15 in nine 
years. He saw the note for the remaining $100,000 bor- 
rowed burned in special services on February 23, 1964 
which rendered the present imposing building debt-free. 

Other interim pastorates were held at Eastside, 
Pleasant Grove, Shady Grove (Gaston Association) and 
the Kings Mountain Baptist Church. 

Many honors came to him during his fruitful min- 
istry. He was president of the North Carolina Baptist 
State Convention for four terms — 1933-1936 and his 
name appeared in "Who's Who In America" in the 
1948-49 edition. He authored three "books of merit" 
which were published by the Broadman Press of the Sun- 
day School Board, Nashville, Tenn., and which have had 



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wide circulation. They are:. "Heartening Messages", 
"Verities of the Gospel" and "A Day for God-Called 
Men." 

In his ministry which covered fifty-six years, Dr. 
Wall preached in hundreds of churches in Mississippi, 
Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, South 
Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, 
Virginia, and Washington, D. C. 

He served as president of Gardner-Webb College 
(then Boiling Springs Junior College) for tw6 years, 
without pay, during the trying time of the depression 
while he was pastoring First Baptist Church. 

During the depression year of 1930, literally hun- 
dreds of persons walked the streets in Shelby seeking 
work after the banks and mills had closed and on Christ- 
mas, 1930 a "white Christmas" brought clothing, food 
and money to the church with which Dr. Wall and Hor- 
ace Easom (minister of music and education) "fed the 
hungry and clothed the naked." Not long after the church 
had its greatest revival from the standpoint of additions. 
One hundred and sixty-one prayer meetings were held 
in 161 homes before the revival at which Dr. Wall 
preached and Mr. Easom led the singing. In that de- 
pression year revival, 119 persons were baptized and 
98 received by letter for a total of 217, the largest 
number to ever join the church in any one revival. 

In Dr. Wall's own words: "On August 20, 1963 we 
reached the 81st milestone on the road to our eternal 
home. Our race will soon be run, and the crown of vic- 
tory won. We thank God for you, and are deeply apprecia- 
tive of all you have done for us, and we urge you to go 
on — with courage and faith — to the end of life's jour- 
ney, and to hear the Lord say: 'Well done, thou good 
and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few 
things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter 
thou into the joy of thy Lord'." (Matthew 25:21). 

Elected Pastor Emeritus on September 16, 1951, he 
continued in that post until his death. 

Dr. Wall married Ada Katherine Ramsey who died 
March 11, 1959 and to them five children were born: 
Zeno, Jr., Abbie Jane (Mrs. Ollie Harris of Kings Moun- 
tain), Yates, Woodrow and Ada Ramsey (Mrs. Walter 
Fanning of Ridgewood, N. J.) 

Dr. Wall died September 12, 1967 and was buried 
beside his wife in Elizabeth Baptist Church cemetery. 



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REV. HARLAN HARRIS 

Twenty-eighth Pastor 

Dr. Zeno Wall was in a meeting at the Metropoli- 
tan Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. in 1946 when 
he met Harlan Harris, who was leading the music for a 
conference of pastors and evangelists. From that meet- 
ing stemmed the de- 
cision to call him as 
assistant pastor of First 
Baptist Church. 

However, the as- 
sistantship was short 
for, having come to 
Shelby in January, 
1948 Harlan Harris 
became pastor on April 
4, 1948. 

Born January 5, 
1920 in Salem, Oregon, 
he graduated from 
Wheaton College in 
Wheaton, III., where 
he was active in foot- 
ball, track and wres- 
tling. He is listed in 
Who's Who in Ameri- 
can Colleges and Uni- 
versities. He receiv- 
ed the B. D. degree 
from the Eastern Theo- 
logical Seminary and the Doctor of Divinity degree from 
Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas. 

During his pastorate in Shelby, Dr. Harris was instru- 
mental in the reorganization of the Sunday School and the 
building of a new educational unit. He meant much to 
the youth of the church and held Young Life meetings in 
his home each Monday night and accompanied the group 
to camp in Colorado each summer. It was also during 
his pastorate that a church library was established. 

Since Dr. Harris was a classmate and close personal 
friend of Dr. Billy Graham, he was able to secure him for 
a city meeting at the Armory which was considered a real 
blessing to the city. 

Dr. Harris has served in the following capacities in 
addition to First Baptist: assistant pastor of Temple Baptist 
Church, Washington, D. C. in 1946; pastor of First Bap- 
tist Church, Plainview, Texas, 1954-1959; he has been 




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active in Southern Baptist Life; President of North Caro- 
lina's Pastors' Conference; and member of North Caro- 
lina State Board. 

Named Shelby's "Young Man of the Year" in 1952, 
Dr. Harris has traveled in Europe, Africa, the Holy Land, 
and Mexico. He has preached in Rome, Cairo and Jer- 
usalem. 

His home is currently in Boulder, Colo., where he was 
in full time evangelistic work before becoming pastor of 
First Southern Baptist Church in Colorado Springs. He and 
his wife, Madeline, are parents of four children. 

Perhaps his love for people and his humility may best 
be expressed in his own words: "The dedication of the 
Shelby High School annual to Madeline and me meant 
much more to me than did my doctorate." 



REV. JOHN ELMORE LAWRENCE 

Twenty-ninth Pastor 

Rev. John Elmore Lawrence began serving as pastor 
of First Baptist Church on February 15, 1954 and con- 
tinued until June 30, 1964 when he became pastor of 
Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh. 

He has served Christ 
and the Baptist de- 
nomination in many 
areas of work, more re- 
cently as: representa- 
tive to the General 
Board of North Caro- 
lina from the Wilming- 
ton Association; vice- 
moderator in the Kings 
Mountain Association; 
as second and third 
vice-president of the N. 
C. Baptist State Con- 
vention; twice serving 
on nominating commit- 
tee of the State Con- 
vention; served on the 
resolutions committee, 
chairman of the Order 
of Business Committee; 
Committee of 1 7. 

Also, he has served 
on the Order of Busi- 
ness Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and 




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represented N. C. on the Southwide Brotherhood Commis- 
sion. He was a trustee of Gardner-Webb College; trustee 
of Mars Hill College. 

The Foreign Mission Board invited Rev. Lawrence to 
participate in an Evangelistic Crusade in Paraguay, South 
America in October, 1959. 

The budget of First Baptist rose from $97,000 to 
$252,000 under his pastorate and in 1 956 the church sanc- 
tuary was renovated and air-conditioned. The church, in 
conference in 1957, adopted for the first time a Church 
Constitution and By-Laws. In 1959 two lots facing North 
LaFayette Street adjacent to the church, were purchased 
for a future site for a youth building and parking lot. 

Rev. Lawrence was born December 21, 1916 to Wil- 
liam and Kate Dunn Lawrence of Scotland Neck, N. C. He 
graduated Cum Laude from Wake Forest College with a 
BA degree and Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Laws de- 
gree in 1 939. His extra-curricular activities included presi- 
dent and secretary of Golden Bough, led in forming Omicron 
Delta Kappa, president of Sigma Pi Alpha, senior mem- 
ber Student Council, vice-president and secretary of Philo- 
mathesian Literary Society; assistant in the French depart- 
ment, winner of Junior and Senior orator medals; winner 
of Society Day Oration, vice president of Barrister's Club, 
member Chi Eta Tau, member Glee Club, member Baptist 
Student Union council, member BSU choir, officer in col- 
lege Sunday School classes, member track squad and senior 
orator at commencement exercises. 

He passed the bar examination in 1939 and worked 
in the Attorney General's Office before joining the Smith, 
Leach and Anderson Law Firm of Raleigh where he worked 
for one year. 

During a revival in the fall of 1940 in Hayes Barton 
Church, Raleigh, he renewed his commitment to God and 
decided to leave the practice of law and for two years he 
worked among college students as the first Baptist Student 
Union Secretary for the N. C. Baptist State Convention. 

Rev. Lawrence enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve in 
April, 1942 and was commissioned an Ensign and served 
in active duty in the Pacific War Theater before being dis- 
charged on October 24, 1945, two days before the birth of 
his only child, John Elmore Lawrence, Jr. in Norfolk, Va. 
Rev. Lawrence was married to Laura Bateman of Columbia, 
who at the time of their marriage was a BSU secretary at 
Woman's College in Greensboro. 

He was graduated from the seminary at Louisville, 
Ky. with a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in May, 1949 and 
pastored Sunset Park Baptist Church in Wilmington from 
June, 1949 to February, 1954. 



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FORREST C. FEEZOR 

Thirtieth Pastor 

Dr. Forrest Feezor served as Interim Pastor of First 
Baptist from September, 1 964 through March, 1 965. Some- 
one has said, "To hear Dr. Feezor pray is to know the 
source of his strength." 

One of eight chil- 
dren, he was born July 
1 , 1 892 in Lexington, 
N. C. and worked on 
a farm in eai iy c hi Id 
hood. His education in- 
cluded instruction in a 
one-room log building 
before attending Wake 
Forest College from 
which he graduated in 
1920; Southern Bap- 
tist Theological Semin- 
ary in Louisville, Ky., 
and the University of 
Chicago. He received 
the Doctor of Divinity 
Degree from Wake For- 
est College in 1934. 

From 1923 until 
1926, Dr. Feezor was 
professor and director 
of the Bible depart- 
ment at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. His 
pastorates for the period 1926-1953 included Second Bap- 
tist Church, Liberty, Missouri; Tabernacle Baptist Church, 
Raleigh; Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas; and First 
Baptist in Waco, Texas. In 1953 he was elected executive 
secretary of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, re- 
tiring in 1 960. 

From 1952 until 1955 he was speaker for the Voice 
of America's shortwave network and in 1958, with the aid 
of interpreters, he made a preaching tour of the Orient at 
the invitation of the Southern Baptist Convention's Foreign 
Mission Board. Since retiring, he and Mrs. Feezor spent 
a year on the island of Formosa. He served as Interim 
Pastor of First Baptist Church in Asheville before coming 
to Shelby. 

Dr. Feezor now lives in Dallas, Texas in the winter 
and at Black Mountain, N. C. in the summer doing evan- 
gelistic work. 




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DR. JOSEPH TOLBERT McCLAIN 




Thirty-firsf Pasfor 

Dr. Joseph Tolbert McClain was called to First Bap- 
tist Church in March, 1965 and served as pastor until Oc- 
tober 23, 1968. 

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 27, 1919, 

he is the son of Eula 
Chastain and Christian 
Ray McClain. 

Dr. McClain receiv- 
ed his B. A. from Ok- 
lahoma Baptist Uni- 
versity and did his 
graduate theological 
work at the Southwest- 
ern Baptist Theological 
k Seminary, Fort Worth, 

Texas. While there he 
earned the Th.M. and 
Th.D. degrees. 

On graduating from 
the Seminary in 1947 
he was called to begin 
the Bible Chair at Tex- 
as Technological Col- 
lege in Lubbock, Texas 
and was soon called to 
be full professor of 
Bible at the Howard 
Payne College in Brownwood, Texas where he served for 
over three years. He was on the faculties of two Southern 
Baptist Seminaries, Golden Gate and Midwestern, in their 
formative years as Southern Baptist institutions. At the 
Ouachita Baptist College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, he was 
divisional head of Religion and Philosophy, remaining in 
this capacity for five years enjoying a great deal of success 
in teaching and involvement in the Baptist work throughout 
the state of Arkansas. 

Dr. McClain's pastorates have included Liberty Baptist 
Church in Duncan, Oklahoma, his first church where he cut 
his pastoral teeth in the Lord's ministry. The Riverside Bap- 
tist Church of Riverside, Texas was the church that put him 
through the seminary and while pastor there he received 
both of his advanced degrees, the Th.M. and Th.D. de- 
grees. He ranks this church as an important milestone in 
his ministerial life. 



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The First Baptist Church of Seagraves, Texas, was the 
first great church he pastored in the sense of responsibility 
and service since in that part of west Texas it is one of the 
pivotal pastorates. His next pastorate, after teaching at 
Ouachita Baptist College, was Maywood Baptist Church of 
Independence, Missouri, the most vital and biggest church 
of any denomination in Independence. After serving at 
Maywood Church for five years, he was called to First Bap- 
tist at Shelby. 

In 1940 Dr. McClain was married to Cleo Cornett 
of Oklahoma City and five children have been born to this 
union: Joseph Tolbert McClain II, Barry Duke McClain, 
William Conner McClain, Darla Ann McClain and Chris- 
tian Ray McClain 1 1. 

Dr. McClain left his Shelby pastorate to become as- 
sociated with Ouachita College in Arkadelphia, Ark. 



REV. GENE L WATTERSON 

Thirty-Second Pastor 

The Rev. Gene L. Watterson preached his first sermon 
as pastor at First Baptist July 27, 1969, coming from Mur- 
ray Hill Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. A native of 
Decatur, Ala., he has served previous pastorates at Wood- 
lawn Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Va. (1953-60), 
First Baptist Church of Crestview, Fla. (1960-66), and 
was associate pastor and minister of youth at the First 
Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Ga. (1952). 

Rev. Watterson received his undergraduate study at 
Howard College, which is now Samford Baptist University, 
and Bob Jones University. He did graduate study at Rich- 
mond Professional Institute of the College of William and 
Mary and is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theologi- 
cal Seminary. He has also received special training in clini- 
cal counseling at Central State Hospital, Petersburg, Va. 

Active in Baptist work, he has served as moderator 
and chairman of various committees of the Petersburg 
Baptist Association, moderator and chairman of various 
committees of the Okaloosa Baptist Association in Florida 
and pastor advisor to B.S.U. of Jacksonville University. 
He served in the Florida Baptist Convention as representa- 
tive of the Florida Baptist Sunday School Department, 
District 1, 1961-62; member of the State Board of Mis- 
sions and Education in 1963-66; as chairman of the Ex- 
pansion Committee, chairman of the committees on Public 
Affairs, Foreign Missions and nominations; and as a 



38 



member of the program committee. 

He has served as a speaker at the State Evangelistic 
Conference, the Florida Youth Conference, Y.W.A. State 
Conference and Florida Baptist School of the Prophets. He 
is a past president of the West Florida Baptist Pastor's 
Conference; was mission speaker in the Transpacific Cru- 
sade in Otorohanga, New Zealand; participated in youth 
programs at Ridgecrest and in the Southern Baptist Pro- 
gram Evaluation. 

Rev. Watterson's civic activities include: chairman 
of Community Recreation for Youth and chairman of a 
special committee on juvenile delinquency, chairman of the 
Heart, Cancer and March of Dimes funds in Colonial 
Heights, Va.; counselor in the Mental Health Services 
Center in Petersburg, Va.; chairman of the zoning and 
planning commission, executive secretary of the Disaster 
Relief Fund, president of Crestview Improvement Associa- 
tion, member of the boards of directors of the Crestview 
Concert Association and American Red Cross, and past 
president of the Kiwanis Club, all in Crestview, Fla.; and 
was religious advisor to the student body at Okaloosa Wal- 
ton Junior College, 1965-67. He has traveled extensively 
in Europe and also in the Near and Middle East, South- 
east Asia and the Far East. 

Among his special honors have been: listed in Ameri- 
can College Student Leaders, 1951; Distinguished Ser- 
vice Award given by Virginia Jaycees, 1957; "Outstand- 
ing Man of the Year" in Colonial Heights, Va., 1957; 
Who's Who in the American Protestant Clergy, 1958; 
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1958-69; nomi- 
nated to Executive and Professional Hall of Fame. His 
military background includes service in the U. S. Navy. 

Mrs. Watterson is the former Yvonne Caudle of Pet- 
ersburg, Va., and is a lyric coloratura soprano and an 
accomplished organist and pianist. They have three child- 
ren, Pamela Yvonne, 14; Gene Lee, 9; and Lisa Dawn, 2. 

Rev. Watterson has a brother who is also in the min- 
istry. He is the Rev. Douglas Watterson, pastor of First 
Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Fla. 



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DEACONS 

Records for a number of years throughout the history of First Baptist 
Church are missing or incomplete so it is entirely possible that names of 
several of those who have served as deacons in the church may be omitted 
in this list. Deacons were first elected for life but for many years they 
have been elected on a rotating system for three-year terms. 

Earliest records list the following who served: 

1847 - William Roberts, John R. Logan and David Warlick. 

1871 - Thomas Wilson, E. McBrayer, L. D. Webb, L. N. Durham, 
John R. Logan and W. W. Green. 

1878 - E. McBrayer, W. W. Green, J. A. Parker, E. J. Lovelace, 
J. A. L. Wray, L. N. Durham. 

Serving in 1889 when the second church building was constructed: 
W. W. Green, E. J. Lovelace, T. D. Lattimore, Dr. Victor McBrayer, J. F. 
Williams, M. N. Hamrick. 

September, 1896 to September, 1909 - T. D. Lattimore, E. J. Love- 
lace, J. H. Quinn, C. Beattie Suttle, J. S. Wray, H. D. Wilson, J. F. Will- 
iams, W. N. Hamrick, C. C. Roberts, Dr. Victor McBrayer, E. A. Morgan, 
W. W. Green, H. D. Wilson. 

1910 - Dr. T. E. Hamrick. 

191 1 - James T. Bowman, George L. English. 

1914 - D. Augustus Beam, George P. Webb, George Dover, Samuel 
Turner, Josh Mauney, J. R. Moore and R. E. Campbell. 

1922 - George Blanton, O. M. Mull, C. Rush Hamrick, W. L. Pack- 
ard, T. G. Hamrick, George P. Webb, George Dover, J. J. Lattimore, John 
P. Mull, C. C. Hamrick. 

1923 - H. F. Young, Judge James L. Webb, W. H. Hudson. 
In more recent years, the following have served as deacons: 

Abernathy, J. F. Best, Herman Byrd, George V. 

Allen, A. D. Bissette, J. C. Cabaniss, Joe E. 

Allen, A. Donald Blackstock, Ralph Cantrell, Lewis 

Allen, Paul A. Blanton, J. Kennon Caudill, Wayne J. 

Angel, W. L. Bolt, Doris Causby, Harold 

Austell, J. Lowery Bowling, Dr. Richard F. Champion, F. O. 

Bailey, Ernest Bost, Lloyd C. Cline, J. R. 

Bailey, Hoyt Q. Bost, Ned W. Coble, C. C. 

Baley, L. J. (Bill), Jr. Branton, Worth Cochran, Paul 

Beckham, Joe Bridges, Jesse E. Crow, J. B. 

Bennett, E. S. Bryson, Hale T. Daves, Max C. 



141 



Davis, John Ed, Jr. 
Doggett, Robert 
Dover, George 
Dudley, J. G. Ml 
Duggins, C. W. 
Easom, Horace 
Edwards, Henry B. 
Elam, Reuben L. 
Eskridge, Robert L. 
Faison, John R. 
Falls, B. T. 
Falls, Tilden 
Fanning, Walter 
Farmer, A. C. 
Farris, E. Floyd 
Forney, Robert R. 
Garrett, J. G. 
Gilliatt, Cecil L. 
Greene, B. S. 
Greene, Ralph M. 
Grigg, William S. 
Hagaman, J. G. 
Hamrick, A. V. 
Hamrick, A. V. Jr. 
Hamrick, C. Rush 
Hamrick, C. Rush, Jr. 
Hamrick, George W. 
Hamrick, Joe D. 
Hamrick, Dr. John C. 
Hamrick, Julian W. 
Hamrick, L. T. 
Hamrick, O. V. 
Hamrick, 0. V., Jr. 
Hamrick, R. Hubbard 
Hawkins, John Landrum 
Hendrick, F. Cline 
Hopper, Theos 
Horn, C. C. 
Horn, W. James 
Hudson, W. Hill 
Hudson, W. Hill, Jr. 



Hunter, Dr. John B. 
Johnson, George T. 
Keeter, K. K. 
Kendrick, James L. 
King, C. M. 
Kiser, W. D. 
Lattimore, Dr. E. B. 
Lattimore, J. J. 
Lowing, Claude M., Jr. 
Leath, Roland 
LeCroy, C. M. 
Ledford, J. F. 
Lewis, E. D. 
Litton, Dr. Robert 
Lutz, Lloyd 
Lutz, Robert H. 
McBrayer, Elisha 
McBrayer, Fred 
McClain, E. C. 
McCurry, J. Hoyt 
McKinney, E. F. 
McMurry, Dr. A. W. 
McMurry, C. C, Jr. 
McMurry, S. A. 
McSwain, Yates 
McWhirter, Dr. Blake 
Martin, Lyman 
Mauney, J. Hugh 
Misenheimer, J. Reid 
Morris, Ralph 
Mull, John P. 
Mull, Joe F. 
Mull, O. M. 
Newton, J. C. 
Nolan, Lee 
Patrick, Norman 
Plaster, Dr. H. S. 
Powell, A. A. 
Price, Roy D. 
Propst, J. Alvin 
Queen, John Edd 



Ramsey, Jack 
Roberts, Guy H. 
Royster, Stephen S. 
Schenck, Newlin P. 
Sellers, Perry 
Shytle, Ben 
Smith, Ned N. 
Smith, J. P. 
Spongier, Earl W. 
Spangler, Mai A. 
Spangler, Mai A., Jr. 
Spangler, J. Edwin 
Spangler, R. Patrick 
Suttle, J. A. 
Suttle, J. L. 
Swift, Fred J. 
Toms, H. L. 
Washburn, SAax 
Washburn, P. M. 
Weathers, Lee B. 
Webb, George P. 
Webb, Paul 
Webb, Paul, Jr. 
West, J. A. 
Whitworth, W. G. 



Wilder, 


W. B. 


Wilkins 


, John S. 


Williams, L. P. 


Wilson, 


H. C. 


Wilson, 


Paul 


Wilson, 


Wilbur 


Wolfe, 


W. W. 


Wood, . 


1. Carver 


Wright, 


James L. 


Yelton, 


Paris L. 


Young, 


Carlos 


Young, 


Ed 


Young, 


H. F. 


Young, 


Lamar L. 



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FIRST PARSONAGE— built in 1905. 
as a rooming house. 



Now stands on Marietta Street and is used 




SECOND PARSONAGE— built in 1924 and sold in 1968 when church gave up 
parsonage plan in favor of housing allowance for pastor. 



43 




Mel 

Doughty 



4 

STAFF — Seated, left to right. Miss Linda L. Petty, Mrs. fames B. Spears, Miss Mary 
Sue Thompson. Standing, Monroe Petty, Mrs. Rosie Lee Moore, Rellie McDowell 
and Mrs. L. P. Williams. 



144 



THE CHURCH STAFF 

Rev. Gene L. Watterson 

Pastor 

Rev. Roland Leath Van H. Ramsey 

Educational Director and Assistant Pastor Minister of Music 

Melvin Lee Doughty Mrs. H. S. Plaster 

Minister of Youth Organist 



Miss Mary Sue Thompson 

Church Secretary 

Mrs. James B. Spears Rellie McDowell 

Educational Secretary Janitor 

Miss Linda L. Petty Monroe Petty 

Music Youth Secretary Janitor 

Mrs. L. P. Williams Mrs. Rosie Lee Moore 

Church Hostess Maid 

OFFICERS 

George W. Hamrick 

Chairman, Board of Deacons 

Olan Speagle Roland Leath 

Church Treasurer Sunday School Superintendent 

Lloyd Bost J. C. Bissette 

Brotherhood President Training Union Director 

Mrs. J. A. West 

W. M. U. President 



145 




Church auditorium as it appeared before last remodeling in 1956. Scene is that of 
the wedding of Miss Ada Ruth Hamrick and Stan Sherman on May 11, 1952. 




LYDIA CLASS IN 1947 — members are pictured as they honored Mrs. H. L. New- 
man at a birthday dinner. Seated left to right: Mrs. Amanda Wilson, Mrs. Amelia 
Eskridge, Mrs. Frank Hendrick, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Mollie Eskridge. Mrs. C. J. 
Woodson and Mrs. W. L. Packard, teacher. Standing: Mrs. Sallie Mauney, Miss 
Mary Moore, Mrs. John F. Eaker, Mrs. Lula Logan, Mrs. ). R. Moore and Mrs. 
Mary Benton. When Mrs. Packard died on February 12, 1967 she was the church's 
oldest member at age 97. 



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BETHANY CLASS of 1943— First row, left to right, Mrs. Mozelle Moore Puett, 
Miss Dot Austell, Mrs. Eloise Young Spangler, Mrs. Ann Austell Singleton, Mrs. 
Bea Suttle Morris (teacher); second row: Mrs. Sara Hopper Wells, Mrs. Millicent 
Hicks Jones, Mrs. Gene Harrill Young, Mrs. Mildred Cooke Doty, Mrs. Ava wash- 
burn Blanton, Mrs. Mary Lib Canipe Cash. Standing: Mrs. Catherine Roberts 
Dorsey, Mrs. Catharine Bailey Parsons, Mrs. Jeannette Smith Lowery, Mrs. Margaret 
Blanton Reber, Mrs. Grace Rutledge Hamrick, Mrs. Louise Costner Beam, Mrs. 
Frances Groome. 



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of First Baptist Church In Early 1930's 




View of third church in 1912 showing fence behind old Courtview Hotel at right 
and first parsonage at left. 



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SOURCES 

The main sources are listed below while many minor ones are 
omitted. Various passages have been built up throughout the history 
from fragments of information discovered here and there and from 
conversations with many persons. 

■ Records available at First Baptist Church 

■ Minutes of The Kings Mountain Association 

■ Minutes of The Broad River Association 

■ Files of Biblical Recorders dating back to 1835 (In Wake 
Forest Library) 

■ Minutes of Baptist State Convention 

■ History of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association (1851-1951) 

■ Sketches of the Broad River and Kings Mountain Baptist 
Associations From 1800 to 1882 - by Deacon John R. Logan 

■ Lengthened Shadows - A History of Gardner-Webb College, 
1907-1956, Francis B. Dedmond 

■ General Catalog of Wake Forest College 

■ History of Wake Forest College - G. W. Paschal 

■ The Living Past of Cleveland County - Lee B. Weathers 

■ Files of The Shelby Daily Star and The Cleveland Times 

■ Personal Files of Mrs. O. Max Gardner 

■ Personal Files of O. M. Mull 

■ Articles by Miss Mamie Jones 



CONTRIBUTING COMMITTEE: 

John Brock Mrs. Robert Doggett 

J. A. West Mrs. L. B. Connor 

Ed Lewis Mrs. A. V. Hamrick, Jr. 

Roland Leath Mrs. John Wacaster 

Mrs. John Ed Davis, Jr. Mrs. R. Hubbard Hamrick 



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CHURCH ROLL 



Abernathy, J. F. 
Abernathy, Mrs. J. F. 
Abernathy, Mrs. Paul 
Adcox, F. 0. 
Adcox, Mrs. F. 0. 
Adcox, Steve 
Aiken, Frank J. 
Aiken, Mrs. Frank J. 
Aiken, Thomas Henry 
Aiken, Daniel Arthur 
Alexander, Mrs. D. Hoyle 
Alexander, Miss Elora 
Allen, A. D. 
Allen, Mrs. A. D. 
Allen, A. Donald 
Allen, Mrs. A. Donald 
Allen, Robert Shuford 
Allen, Andrell Donald 
Allen, B. C. 
Allen, Mrs. B. C. 
Allen, B. C. Jr. 
Allen, Debra 
Allen, Christopher Mark 
Allen, Bill F. 
Allen, Mrs. Bill F. 
Allen, Larry Mode 
Allen, Mary Elizabeth 
Allen, E. V. 
Allen, Mrs. E. V. 
Allen, Mrs. I. M. 
Allen, James W. 
Allen, Mrs. J. Haywood 
Allen, J. Haywood 
Allen, J. Haywood, Jr. 
Allen, Joe C. 
Allen, Mrs. Joe C. 
Allen, John 
Allen, Mrs. John 
Allen, Mrs. Joseph Glenn 
Allen, Paul 
Allen, Mrs. Paul 
Anderson, Mrs. Jean Wray 
Anderson, Jeffrey Street 
Anderson, John C. 
Anderson, Mrs. John C. 
Anderson, John C. Jr. 
Anderson, Mrs. John C. Jr. 
Angel, Mrs. W. L. 
Anthony, Mrs. Irvin 
Anthony, Irvin Jr. 
Arton, Wayne N. 
Arton, Mrs. Wayne N. 
Arton, Deborah Latain 
Atkinson, Richard S. 
Atkinson, Mrs. Richard S. 
Atkinson, Dickie 
Atkinson, Anne 
Atkinson, David 



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Austell, C. L. 
Austell, Mrs. C. L. 
Austell, Mrs. Charles B. 
Austell, Mary Adelaide 
Austell, J. l.owery 
Austell, Mrs. J. H. 
Austell, Mrs. Sue 

ley, Ernest 

ley, Mrs. Ernest 

ley, Jimmy 

ley, Hoyt Q. 
Bailey, Mrs. Hoyt Q. 
Baker, Dr. John D. 
Baker, Mrs. John D. 
Baker, Onnie R. 
Baker, Mrs. Onnie R. 
Baker, Barbara 
Baker, Larry Stephen 
Baley, L. J. Jr. 
Baley, Mrs. L. J. Jr. 
Baley, Lewis J. Ill 
Ball, Richard L. 
Ball, Mrs. Richard L. 
Ballard, Mrs. Lacy H. Jr. 
Bankhead, John S. 
Bcnkhead, Mrs. John S. 
Bankhead, John Stewart Jr. 
Bankhead, Timothy Scott 
Bankhead, Willard M. 
Bankhead, Mrs. Willard M. 
Bankhead, Elizabeth Lynn 
Bcrger, Mrs. Jennie P. 
Barrett, Mrs. Louis Aubrey 
Bass, Jack M. 
Bass, Mrs. Jack M. 
Bass, Tina Lee 
Baugham, Marvin P. 
Baugham, Mrs. Marvin P. 
Baugham, Robert Monroe 
Beam, Clyde 
Beam, Mrs. Clyde 
Beam, Clyde Jr. 
Beam, Dennis A. 
Beam, Mrs. Dennis A. 
Beam, Dennis Jr. 
Beam, Mrs. Dennis Jr. 
Beam, Edwin A. 
Beam, Mrs. Edwin A. 
Beam, Donald 
Beam, Floyd M. 
Beam, Mrs. Floyd M. 
Becm, Mary Teresa 
Beam, Howard 
Beam, Mrs. Howard 
Beam, Barbara Bess 
Beam, James M. 
Beam, Mrs. James M. 
Beam, Mrs. Zeb 



Beam, Zeb Egland Jr. 
Beam, Mrs. Zeb Egland Jr. 
Beam, Zeb III 
Beason, Mrs. J. C. 
Beattie, W. Ralph 
Beattie, Mrs. W. Ralph 
Beckham, Mrs. J. C. 
Bell, Fred C. 
Bell, Mrs. Fred C. 
Bell, Renee 
Bell, Mrs. Haskell 
Bell, Gary Stephen 
Belue, C. L. 
Belue, Mrs. C. L. 
Bennett, E. S. 
Bennett, Mrs. E. S. 
Bennett, Clair Hays 
Bennett, Mrs. Clair Hays 
Bennett, Linda Doris 
Bennett, Clair Hays Jr. 
Benton, John 
Benton, Mrs. John 
Berry, Houston G. 
Berry, Mrs. Houston G. 
Bissette, J. C. 
Bissette, Mrs. J. C. 
Bissette, Gwendolyn Stott 
Blanton, Dr. Clyde 
Blanton, Mrs. Clyde 
Blanton, Elizabeth Ann 
Blanton, Frank 
Blanton, Mrs. Frank 
Blanton, John Franklin 
Blanton, Mrs. George Sr. 
Blanton, George Jr. 
Blanton, J. Kennon 
Blanton, Mrs. Kennon 
Blanton, James S. 
Blanton, Mrs. James S. 
Blanton, John Albert 
Blanton, Mrs. John Albert 
Blanton, L. T. 
Blanton, Mrs. L. T. 
Blanton, Marshall 
Blanton, Mrs. Marshall 
Blanton, Neil 
Blanton, Miss Blala 
Blanton, Miss Selma 
Blanton, Mrs. W. Herschel 
Blanton, Hazel 
Blanton, William E. 
Blanton, Mrs. William E. 
Blanton, William Lawton 
Blanton, Georgeann 
Blanton, Mrs. Yates 
Blauvelt, Percy R. 
Blauvelt, Mrs. Percy R. 
Blauvelt, Nancy Kaye 



156 



Blauvelt, Debra Jean 
Boatwright, Mrs. W. H. 
Boatwright, Michael 
Boatwright, Roger Steven 
Bogan, Mrs. Perrin B. 
Bolt, Charles M. 
Bolt, Mrs. Charles M. 
Borders, Garland 
Borders, Mrs. Garland 
Borders, Hugh H. 
Borders, Mrs. Hugh H. 
Borders, Lewis B. 
Borders, Mrs. Lewis 
Borders, Miss Sue Agnes 
Bost, Bennett W. 
Bost, Mrs. Bennett W. 
Bost, L. C. 
Bost, Mrs. L. C. 
Bost, Lloyd 
Bost, Mrs. Lloyd 
Bost, Lloyd C. Jr. 
Bost, Virginia Ann 
Bost, Byard Thurman 
Bost, Harlan Stewart 
Bost, Ned 
Bost, Mrs. Ned 
Bowen, James Laurence 
Bowcn, Mrs. James Laurence 
Bowen, L. G. 
Bowen, Mrs. L. G. 
Bowen, Richard G. 
Bowen, Mrs. Richard G. 
Bowling, J. C. 
Bowling, A.Ars. J. C. 
Bowling, Dr. R. F. 
Bowling, Mrs. R. F. 
Bowling, Karen Elizabeth 
Bowling, Kathryn Lillian 
Boyles, DeMar H. 
Boyles, Mrs. DeMar H. 
Boyles, Rebecca Jan 
Boyles, DeMar H. Jr. 
Bramlett, D. Eugene 
Bramlett, Mrs. D. Eugene 
Branton, Gene 
Branton, Mrs. Gene 
Branton, Calvin Douglas 
Branton, James Victor 
Branton, Mrs. J. W. 
Branton, Mrs. Worth 
Branton, Carolyn 
Breeze, Mrs. V. W. 
Bridges, Burwell 
Bridges, Mrs. Bruwell 
Bridges, Forrest W. 
Bridges, Mrs. Forrest W. 
Bridges, G. L. 
Bridges, J. Dewey 
Bridges, Jackie Lee 
Bridges, Mrs. Jesse E. 



Bridges, Johnnie J. 

dges, Mrs. Johnnie J. 

dges, Amelia Catherine 

dges, Deborah Anne 

dges, Charles 

dges, Katherine Lynn 

dges, Donna Colette 

dges, Norman 

dges, Mrs. Norman 

dges, T. F. 

dges, Mrs. T. F. 

dges, Thomas H. 

dges, Mrs. Thomas H. 

ggs, Johnnie L. 

ggs, Mrs. Johnnie L. 
Broadway, Mrs. W. A. 
Brock, John O. 
Brock, Mrs. John O. 
Brock, John Otto Jr. 
Brooks, Paul J. 
Brooks, Mrs. Paul J. 
Brooks, Paula Jackson 
Brooks, Robert D. 
Brooks, Mrs. Robert D. 
Brooks, Ronald David 
Brown, J. G. 
Brown, Mrs. J. G. 
Brown, James H. 
Brown, Mrs. .James H. 
Brown, Rodney 
Brown, Paul P. 
Brown, Mrs. Paul P. 
Bruce, L. Ray 
Bruce, Mrs. L. Ray 
Bruce, Nancy Carol 
Brydges, Harlan 
Brydges, Mrs. Harlan 
Bryson, Hale T. 
Bryson, Mrs. Hale T. 
Bryson, Thomas Hale 
Bryson, Patricia Jane 
Bryson, James Andrew 
Buchanan, Miss Linda 
Buicc, Lois 

Bumgardner, James Reginald 
Bumgardner, Mrs. James R. 
Burns, Mrs. Pantha 
Burns, Robert 0. 
Burns, Mrs. Robert 0. 
Burns, Robert 0. Jr. 
Burns, Deborah Ann 
Burrus, Mrs James Henry 
Burrus, James Henry, Jr. 
Butler, Max P. 
Butler, Mrs. Max P. 
Butler, Cecelia 
Butler, Phyllis Amanda 
Byers, Mrs. Charles S. 
Byers, Mrs. John 
Byrd, George V. 
Byrd, Mrs. George V. 



Byrd, George Vernon 
Byrd, Barry Ellis 
Cabaniss, Elmo 
Cabaniss, Mrs. Elmo 
Cabaniss, Michael Bryan 
Cabaniss, George 
Cabaniss, Sarah Louise 
Cabaniss, Karen Bliss 
Cabaniss, Phillip Broughton 
Cabaniss, James 
Cabaniss, Mrs. James 
Cabaniss, Joe E. 
Cabaniss, Mrs. Joe E. 
Cabaniss, Joe E. Jr. 
Cabaniss, David Wayne 
Cabaniss, Karen Jean 
Cabaniss, L. E. 
Cabaniss, Larry G. 
Cabaniss, Mrs. Larry G. 
Cabaniss, Robert Gold 
Cabaniss, Mrs. Robert Gold 
Cabaniss, Gary Marshall 
Cabiness, Dewey 
Cabiness, Mrs. Dewey 
Cabiness, W. Webb 
Cabiness, Edwin W. 
Cabiness, Mrs. Edwin W. 
Cabiness, Everett 
Cabiness, Mrs. Everett 
Caldwell, David Rollins 
Callahan, B. M. 
Callahan, Mrs. B. M. 
Callahan, Robert J. 
Callahan, Mrs. Robert J. 
Callahan, Robert Wesley 
Camp, Robert Norman 
Camp, Mrs. Robert Norman 
Campbell, Mrs. R. C. 
Campbell, Robert 
Campbell, Mrs. Robert 
Campbell, Charles Vance 
Campos, Mel 
Canipe, John 
Canipe, Mrs. John 
Canipe, Ronald Gene 
Canipe, Sue Ellen 
Canipe, Raymond E. 
Canipe, Mrs. Raymond E. 
Canipe, Mrs. Zollie L. 
Cantrell, Lewis 
Cantrell, Mrs. Lewis 
Carpenter, George M. 
Carpenter, Mrs. George M. 
Carpenter, M. H. 
Carpenter, Mrs. M. H. 
Carpenter, David 
Carpenter, Wayne 
Carpenter, Mrs. Wayne 
Carpenter, Abagail Wayne 
Carroll, Joseph Henry III 
Carroll, Mrs. Joseph H. Ill 



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Carter, L. Jack 
Carter, Mrs. L. Jack 
Cash, Crawley B. Jr. 
Cash, Mrs. Crawley B. Jr. 
Cash, Edwin Joseph 
Cash, Clyde Richard 
Casstevens, Mrs. Ransom 
Caudill, Wayne 
Caudill, Mrs. Wayne 
Caudill, Wayne Jack Jr. 
Caudill, Walter Lowry 
Causby, Harold 
Causby, Mrs. Harold 
Causby, Harold David 
Causby, Robert Hamrick 
Causby, Nelson 
Causby, Mrs. Nelson 
Causby, Ronald Dean 
Cayton, Mrs. James Luther 
Chadwell, J. E. 
Chadwell, Mrs. J. E. 
Chamberlain, Mrs. Richard 
Chamberlain, Patricia Susan 
Chamberlain, Anne 
Chamberlain, Richard Alfred 
Chamberlain, Linda Eleanor 
Champion, F. 0. 
Champion, Mrs. F. O. 
Champion, Mrs. Yates 
Cheek, D. G. 
Cheek, Mrs. D. G. 
Clark, J. D. 
Clark, Mrs. J. D. 
Clark, Connie 
Cline, D. Huss 
Cline, Mrs. D. Huss 
Cline, Marshall 0. 
Cline, Mrs. Marshall O. 
Cline, Marshall O. Jr. 
Clontz, Kenneth 
Clontz, Mrs. Kenneth 
Clontz, Jerry 
Clontz, Louise 
Clontz, Donald 
Coble, Mrs. C. C. 
Coble, Donald D. 
Cohoon, J. A. 
Cohoon, Mrs. J. A. 
Cole, Mrs. Charles Scott 
Collins, Mrs. Andrew 
Condrey, John 
Conner, Mrs. Yates 
Conner, Susanne 
Conner, Tonda Karen 
Connor, L. B. 
Connor, Mrs. L. B. 
Connor, Rickie 
Connor, Suzanne 
Connor, Laura Beth 
Cooke, Dennis 



Cooke, Mrs. Dennis 
Cooke, Dennis D. Jr. 
Ccoke, Mrs. L. S. 
Cook, Mrs. John Grayson 
Corn, Mrs. Roy E. 
Cornwell, Mrs. Clyde 
Cornwell, Glenn 
Cornwell, Mrs. Glenn 
Cornwell, Miss Laura 
Costner, Aileen 
Costner, Elbert C. 
Costner, Mrs. Elbert C. 
Costner, Elbert Stephen 
Costner, Donald Ray 
Costner, Mrs. Fred 
Costner, Mrs. H. J. 
Costner, R. B. 
Costner, Mrs. R. B. 
Courtney, J. J. 
Courtney, Mrs. J. J. 
Crawford, Dewitt 
Crawford, R. Reid 
Crawford, Mrs. R. Reid 
Crawford, Ronald A. 
Jr. Crawford, Mrs. Ronald A. 
Crawley, Orlen Kenneth 
Crawley, Mrs. Orlen Kenneth 
Crowder, P. D. Jr. 
Crowder, Mrs. P. D. Jr. 
Crowder, P. D. Ill 
Crowder, Betsy 
Crowder, Regina 
Cummings, Mrs. Grace C. 
Cunningham, E. T. 
Cunningham, Mrs. E. T. 
Daves, Max 
Daves, Mrs. Max 
Daves, Max Jr. 
Daves, Beth 
Daves, Katherine Anne 
Daves, Mrs. Eliza C. 
Davis, Durham 
Davis, Mrs. Durham 
Davis, Dean Simpson 
Davis, Morris Durham, Jr. 
Davis, F. DeLane 
Davis, Mrs. F. DeLane 
Davis, Fred Delane, Jr. 
Davis, Cynthia Anita 
Davis, Hoyle 
Davis, Mrs. Hoyle 
Davis, Phil Travis 
Davis, John E., Jr. 
Davis, Mrs. John E. Jr. 
Davis, Patricia Willene 
Davis, Mrs. Pearl Bowling 
Davis, Russell S. 
Davis, Mrs. Russell S. 
Davis, Russell Sparks, Jr. 
Davis, Mrs. Stanley W. 



Dawkins, Reginald 
Dawkins, Mrs. Reginald 
Dawkins, Reginald G., Jr. 
DeBrew, Mrs. Howard 
DeBrew, Ladd 
DeBrew, Robert Howard 
Dedmon, Irvin Lee 
Dedmon, Mrs. Irvin Lee 
Dedmon, Pink 
Dedmon, Mrs. Pink 
Dedmon, W. Gerod 
Dedmon, Mrs. W. Gerod 
Dedmon, Margaret Anne 
Dellinger, Miss Irene 
Dennis, C. M. 
Dennis, Mrs. C. M. 
DePriest, Joe 
DePriest, Mrs. Joe 
DePriest, Joe, Jr. 
DePriest, David 
DePriest, Mrs. David 
DePriest, T. B. 
DePriest, Thomas Baxter 
Dixon, Raymond 
Dixon, Mrs. Raymond 
Dixon, William Raymond, Jr. 
Dixon, Charles Lindsey 
Dixon, Mrs. J. L. 
Doggett, Mrs. Robert 
Doggett, W. C. 
Doggett, Mrs. W. C. 
Doggett, George Carson 
Doty, Mrs. Frances 
Doughty, Melvin Lee 
Doughty, Mrs. Melvin Lee 
Dudley, J. G., Jr. 
Duncan, Earley H. 
Dunlap, William A. 
Dunlap, Mrs. William A. 
Durham, Russell H. 
Durham, Mrs. Russell H. 
Durham, Stephen Russell 
Durham, Brantley Hollan 
Duval, Mrs. Arthur Henry 
Eades, John 
Eades, Mrs. John 
Eades, Ellen Foster 
Easom, Horace 
Easom, Mrs. Horace 
Eaves, Roddey Phifer 
Eaves, Mrs. Roddey Phifer 
Eaves, Cheryl Dawn 
Edney, William Gaither 
Edney, Mrs. William Gaither 
Edney, Debra Kay 
Edwards, Mrs. A. C. 
Edwards, Henry B. 
Edwards, Mrs. Henry B. 
Edwards, Terry P. 
Elam, G. B. 



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Elam, Mrs. G. B. 

Elam, Reuben L. 

Elam, Mrs. Reuben L. 

Elam, Elizabeth Carscn 

Elam, John Wilson 

Elam, Roland B. 

Elam, Mrs. Roland B. 

Elliott, Bonnie H. 

Elliott, Donald J. 

Elliott, Mrs. Donald J. 

Elliott, Roxane 

Elliott, Mrs. Bonnie H. 

Elliott, Howard C. 

Elliott, Mrs. Howard C. 

Elliott, M. P. 

Elliott, Mrs. M. P. 

Ellis, Bruce Herbert, Sr. 

Ellis, Mrs. Bruce Herbert, Sr. 

Ellis, Bruce Herbert, Jr. 

Ellis, Mrs. Cage 

Ellis, W. P. 

Ellis, Mrs. W. P. 

Ellis, William David 

Ellison, Joel M. 

Ellison, Mrs. Joel M. 

Ellison, David 

Ellison, Larry 

Elmore, John R. 

Elmore, Mrs. Ralph 

Carl E. 

Mrs. Carl E. 

Mrs. Charles L. 

Charles R. 

Mrs. Charles R. 

J. Holland 

Mrs. J. Holland 

Robert L. 

Mrs. Robert L. 

Robert Lee, Jr. 

Yates Kimball 

Lydia Jeanne 

Mrs. Sam B. 

Miss Muriel 

Sherrill 

Mrs. Sherrill 

Mrs. T. P. 

Miss Amelia 

William Harris 

Mrs. Wiiliam Harris 
Annie Laurie 
Evans, Mrs. Oscar 
Falls, T. B. 
Falls, Mrs. T. B. 
Farmer, A. C. 
Farmer, Mrs. A. C. 
Farris, E. F. 
Farris, Mrs. E. F. 
Farris, Mary Camille 
Farrow, Theron 
Farrow, Mrs. Theron 



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Fcrrow, Leslie Marie 

Farrow, Robert Harlan 

Favell, W. B. 

Favell, Mrs. W. B. 

Fetzer, Mrs. Pansy Blanton 

Fetzer, Thomas 

Fetzer, Mrs. Thomas 

Fetzer, Daniel 

Fetzer, Timothy Blanton 

Flowers, Fred A. 

Flowers, Mrs. Fred A. 

Forner, Charles A. Jr. 

Forner, Christopher Daniel 

Forney, Robert R. 

Forney, Mrs. Robert R. 

Fortenberry, Mrs. J. B. 

Fortenberry, Gene 

Fox, Mrs. J. T. 

Francis, Mrs. J. B. 

Frczier, James H. 

Frazier, Mrs. James H. 

Frazier, James Michael 

Frazier, Janice Lynne 

Freeman, Bess 

Freeman, Boyce T. 

Freeman, Mrs. Boyce T. 

Freeman, Jo Ann 

Freeman, Karen McBrayer 

Fuquay, J. C. 
Gallimore, Wray L. 
Gallimore, Mrs. Wray L. 
Gallimore, Wray Eckard, Jr. 
Gammons, Michael P. 
Gammons, Mrs. Michael P. 
Gardner, Flay 
Gardner, Mrs. Flay 
Gardner, Emily Jane 
Gardner, John Mull 
Gardner, 0. Max III 
Gardner, Ralph Webb 
Gardner, Thomas L. 
Gardner, Mrs. Thomas L. 
Gardner, Kathy Susan 
Garver, Frank 
Garver, Mrs. Frank 
Garver, Frank, Jr. 
Garver, Jennifer Lynn 
Garver, S. R. 
Garver, Mrs. S. R. 
Gaston, Mrs. J. F. 
Gaston, Mrs. Rea 
Gaston, Pearl 
Geddes, James D. 
Geddes, Mrs. James D. 
Gettys, Mrs. Claude 
Gettys, William Earle 
Gettys, James Steven 
Gibbs, Miss Ray 
Gibson, Mrs. Polly 
Gibson, Raymond Edwin 



bson, Mrs. Raymond Edwin 

llespie, Dale 

llespie, Mrs. Dale 

I Matt, C. L. 

Iliatt, Mrs. C. L. 

Iliatt, Dr. Lee 

Iliatt, Mrs. Lee 
Gladden, James Marion 
Gladden, Mrs. James Marion 
Gladden, James David 
Gladden, Phillip Marion 
Glascoe, D. J. 
Glascoe, Mrs. D. J. 
Glascoe, Joyce Allyson 
Goforth, George W. 
Goforth, Mrs. George W. 
Goforth, Martha 
Gold, Mrs. C. L. 
Gold, Forrest 
Gold, Mrs. Forrest 
Gold, Harry Gene 
Gold, Mrs. Harry Gene 
Gold, Mrs. Howard 
Gold, James Hoyle 
Gold, Mrs. James Hoyle 
Goode, Mrs. Pauline 
Goodman, Mrs. Richard 
Goodman, Jo 
Graham, Mrs. Thomas W. 
Graham, Thomas W. Jr. 
Graham, Michael 
Grayson, Mrs. R. N. 
Green, Grover 
Green, William J. 
Green, Mrs. William J. 
Green, Mary Jane 
Greene, A. B. 
Greene, Mrs. A. B. 
Greene, Deborah Kay 
Greene, B. S. 
Greene, Mrs. B. S. 
Greene, Clara 
Greene, Mrs. Ruth 
Greene, Marilyn Ruth 
Greene, Cheryl Irene 
Greene, Raymond Floyd 
Greene, Hershel 
Greene, Mrs. Hershel 
Greene, J. C. 
Greene, Mrs. J. C. 
Greene, Miss Jewel 
Greene, John Max 
Greene, Joseph M. 
Greene, Mrs. Joseph M. 
Greene, Mrs. Nancy C. 
Greene, Ralph M. 
Greene, Mrs. Ralph M. 
Greene, Ralph Miller, Jr. 
Greene, Dale Drew 
Greer, Mrs. Sam 
Grice, James P. 



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Grice, Mrs. James P. 
Griffin, Mrs. Anna W. 
Griffin, Allen Vance 
Griffin, Walter 
Grigg, Mrs. C. Donald 
Grigg, Donna Sue 
Grigg, Carl 
Grigg, Mrs. Carl 
Grigg, Carl S., Jr. 
Grigg, Dayne 
Grigg, Mrs. Dayne 
Grigg, Kathy Denise 
Grigg, Mrs. Effie 
Grigg, Miss Flossie 
Grigg, Talmadge Grant 
Grigg, James T. 
Grigg, Mrs. James T. 
Grigg, Lynn 
Grigg, Jimmy Michael 
Grigg, Mrs. P. F. 
Grigg, Mrs. Plato 
Gunnells, Jack 
Gunnells, Mrs. Jack 
Guthrie, Brenda 
Hall, Mrs. Carolyn 
Hall, James M. 
Hall, Mrs. James M. 



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ght, D. D. 

ght, Mrs. D. D. 

ght, Floyd 

ght, Mrs. Floyd 

ght, Deborah Ann 

ght, Moody 

ght, Mrs. Moody 

ght, Ralph E. 

ght, Mrs. Ralph E. 

ght, Carolyn Jane 

ght, Wanda Kay 

ght, Sherry Lynn 



Hamm, Mrs. Carl William 
A. V. 

Mrs. A. V. 
Mrs. A. Vason, Jr. 
Alger Vason 1 1 1 
Charles Gregory 
Mrs. B. 0. 
C. O. 

Mrs. C. 0. 
Mrs. C. Rush 
C. Rush Jr. 
Mrs. C. Rush, Jr. 
C. Rush III 
Dale Rutledge 
Earle A. 
Mrs. Earle A. 
Mrs. Gary 
Mrs. F. G. 
George W. 
Mrs. George W. 



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J. B. 

Mrs. J. B. 
Karen Elizabeth 
J. Broughton 
Mrs. J. Broughton 
Mary Katherine 
Dr. John 
Mrs. John 
Susan Lucille 
Joseph 
Mrs. Joseph 
Julian W. 
Mrs. Julian W. 
L. R. 

Mrs. L. R. 
L. T. 

Mrs. L. T. 
Elizabeth Ann 
Miss Lucy 
Mrs. Max 
Mrs. 0. V. 
0. V., Jr. 
Mrs. 0. V., Jr. 
0. V. Ill 
Nina Claire 
Linda Carol 
Miss 01 lie 
R. Hubbard 
Mrs. R. Hubbard 
Mrs. Thomas B. 
Thomas Beatty, Jr. 
Charles Mark 
Stephen Lee 
V. F. 

Mrs. V. F. 
William P. 
Mrs. William P. 
Cynthia SuAnna 
Linda Lorene 



Carl H., Ji 



Hand, Mrs. Carl H., Jr. 



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James M. 

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William 
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II, Mrs. Lottie W. 
s, F. T. B. 
s, Mrs. F. T. B. 
s, G. W. 
s, Mrs. G. W. 
s, George Burel 
s, Mrs. George Burel 
s, Mrs. James Thomas 
s, Leon 
s, Mrs. Leon 
s, Mrs. Miller 
s, Robert G. 
s, Mrs. Robert G. 
s, Dwight Timothy 
s, Mrs. Yates 



Hartley, Keith 



Hartley, Mrs. Keith 
Hause, Mrs. Robert 
Hawkins, Dewey 
Hawkins, John Landrum 
Hawkins, Mrs. John Landrum 
Hawkins, Ann Christie 
Hawkins, John Landrum, Jr. 
Hawkins, Mrs. Paul 
Hawkins, R. N. 
Hawkins, Mrs. R. N. 
Hawkins, Ronald W. 
Hawkins, Mrs. Ronald W. 
Hawkins, Mary Lynn 
Hayes, Alexander John 
Hayes, Mrs. Alexander John 
Haymaker, Claude 
Haymaker, Mrs. Claude 
Haymaker, James Robert 
Haymaker, Claude, Jr. 
Haynes, Diane 
Heath, Charles C. 
Heath, Mrs. Charles C. 
Heath, Janice Lynn 
Heath, Brian Neai 
Heath, Eric Scott 
Heffner, Mrs. Gary W. 
Heffner, Michael Scott 
Heffner, Edwin Lee 
Heffner, David Stuart 
Heffner, Dale Wayne 
Heffner, Dane William 
Heffner, Geoffrey Lynn 
Henderson, James 
Henderson, Mrs. James 
Hendrick, Ben Ely 
Hendrick, Mrs. Ben Ely 
Hendrick, F. Cline 
Hendrick, Mrs. F. Cline 
Hendrick, Mrs. Ford 
Hendrick, Ford Jr. 
Hendrick, Mrs. Ford, Jr. 
Hendrick, Andrew Ford III 
Hendrick, Mrs. John 
Hendrick, Miss Lottie Mae 
Hendrick, Mai 
Hendrick, Mrs. Mai 
Hendrick, Michael Rodney 
Hendrick, Byron Howard 
Hendrick, Constance Elaine 
Hendrick, Robin Wade 
Hendrick, Susan Teresa 
Hendrick, Ned 
Hendrick, Mrs. Summey 
Hendricks, Mrs. Fred B. 
Henry, Mrs. Kathleen P. 
Henry, David 
Henry, Charles 
Henry, Beth 
Henry, Amy Kathleen 
Henry, Julia Frances 
Henry, Rebecca Louise 



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Hicks, Mrs. Earl 
Hill, C. J. 
Hill, Mrs. C. J. 
Hill, Mrs. E. B. 
Hines, Bobby G. 
Hines, Mrs. Bobby G. 
Hines, Mark 
Hines, Celia Gray 
Hoey, Mrs. Flay 
Holcomb, Mrs. E. 
Holcomb, Hugh Neil 
Holden, Jesse T. 
Holden, Mrs. Jesse T. 
Holden, Phyllis 
Holland, Lawrence 
Holland, Mrs. Lawrence 
Holland, Jonan 
Holland, Rostan 
Holloman, Mrs. M. C. 
Holloman, Kathy Anne 
Holloman, Brenda 
Hood, Mrs. Joe 
Hopper, Alton 
Hopper, Mrs. Alton 
Hopper, James 
Hopper, Mrs. James 
Hord, Russell 
Hord, Mrs. Russell 
Horldt, Daniel A. 
Horldt, Mrs. Daniel A. 

Horn, C. C. 
Horn, Mrs. C. C. 
Horn, Charles A. 
Horn, Mrs. Charles A. 
Horn, William James 
Horn, Mrs. William James 
Howard, Boyd Z. 
Howard, Mrs. Boyd Z. 
Howell, J. B. 
Howell, Mrs. J. 



Hudson, W. Hill III 
Hudson, Morris 
Hudson, Mrs. Morris 
Hudson, Robert Christopher 
Hughes, Dar. 
Hughes, Mrs. Dan 
Hughes, Michael 
Hughes, Madeline Carol 
Hull, F. Guy 
Hull, Mrs. F. Guy 
Humphrey, Mrs. W. W. 
Humphrey, W. W. 
Hunter, Dr. John B. 
Hunter, Mrs. John B. 
Hunter, Nancy Jean 
Ingle, Garland Daniel 
Ingle, Mrs. Garland Daniel 
Ingle, Douglas 
Jackson, Charles E. 
Jackson, Mrs. Charles E. 
Jcckson, Jackie, Jr. 
Jackson, Brenda 
Jackson, Linda Cheryl 
Jackson, Laura Leigh 
Jarrett, Dr. B. M. 
Jarrett, Mrs. B. M. 
Jay, Clarence P. 
Jay, Mrs. Clarence P. 
Jay, David 
Jay, Mrs. David 
Jay, Clarence David, Jr. 
Jay, Patricia Ann 
Jenkins, Glenn 
Jenkins, Mrs. Glenn 
Jenkins, Mrs. Robert S., Sr. 
Jolly, Stephen Neal 
Jones, Avery Lee 
Jones, Mrs. Avery Lee 
Jones, Gary 
Jones, Judy Elizabeth 



Howell 


Mrs. Miriam 


Jones 


Hoyle, 


Clarence 


Jones 


Hoyle, 


Mrs. Clarence 


Jones 


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Judy 


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Hoyle, 


Deborah Sue 


Jones 


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Mrs. Durham 


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Mrs. Howell 


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Mrs. Hubert 


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Brenda Kathryn 


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Hoyle, 


Jerry Deams 


Jones 


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Charles David 


Jones 


Hoyle, 


Mrs. Lorin 


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Hudgins, Steve 


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Jones, Jana Kaye 



James Marvin 
C. J. 

Mrs. C. J. 
Frederick R. 
Mrs. Frederick R 
Linda 
Ricky 

Hatcher L. 
Henry Lee 
John C. 
Leland 
Pamela Fay 
Lyman 
Mrs. Lyman 
Mrs. Opal P. 
Dr. Robert S. 
Mrs. Robert S. 
Robert Spurgeon, 
Joseph Henry 
Turner, Jr. 



Jr. 



Jordan, J. M. 

Jordan, Mrs. J. M. 

Jordan, Charles Wayne 

Jordan, Jan Marie 

Kale, Mrs. Ralph 

Keeter, Mrs. Dorothy B. 

Keeter, H. S., Jr. 

Keeter, Mrs. H. S., Jr. 

Keeter, Hoyt S., Sr. 

Keeter, Mrs. Hoyt S., Sr. 

Keeter, Billie Kathryn 

Keeter, Millie Patricia 

Keeter, K. K. 

Keeter, Kermit K., Jr. 

Keever, Deborah Jean 

Kelly, R. G. 

Kelly, Mrs. R. G. 

Kelly, Johnson 

Kelly, Linda 

Kelly, Richard Dale 

Kendrick, John 

Kendrick, Mrs. John M. 

Kendrick, John Marion, Jr. 

Kent, Roy Dean 

Kester, Mrs. John 

Kester, James William 

King, G. F. 

King, Mrs. G. F. 

King, Mrs. Helen D. 

King, Jack D. 

King, Mrs. Jack D. 

King, Mrs. W. R. 

Kirkpatrick, Gene I. 

Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Gene I. 

Kirkpatrick, Gene Irvin, Jr. 

Kiser, Vernon 

Kiser, Mrs. Vernon 

Kiser, Betsy Carol 

Kiser, Vernon Kenneth, Jr. 

Kiser, W. D. 

Kiser, Mrs. W. D. 

Kiser, Sandra Diane 

Kiser, Walker Daniel, Jr. 

Lackey, Mrs. Angela 

Lackey, Evans 

Lackey, Mrs. Evans 

Lackey, Lawrence 

Lackey, Michael 

Lackey, Norris D. 

Lackey, Mrs. Norris D. 

Lackey, Lea 

Lackey, Phillip I. 

Lackey, Robert R., Jr. 

Lackey, Mrs. Robert R., Jr. 

Lampley, Mrs. Charles G. 

Landreth, Mrs. Stephen Glenn 

Lane, H. A. 

Lane, Mrs. H. A. 

Lane, Allen, Jr. 

Lankford, Mrs. Irene 

Lankford, Penny 



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Lankford, Cynthia Diane 

Lankford, Tiny 

Lankford, Raymond T. 

Lankford, Mrs. Raymond T. 

Lankford, John 

Lankford, Jean 

Lattimore, Mrs. E. B. 

Lattimore, Mrs. S. Nelson 

Lattimore, S. N., Jr. 

Lattimore, Mrs. S. N., Jr. 

Lattimore, Mrs. W. C. 

Laughlin, R. C. 

Laughlin, Mrs. R. C. 

LaVene, Mrs. Robert John 

Lowing, Claude, Jr. 

Lowing, Mrs. Claude, Jr. 

Lowing, Claudia Jean 

Leath, Mrs. Pollye 

Leath, Roland 

Leath, Mrs. Roland 

Leath, Marcus 

LeCroy, Charles Michael 

LeCroy, Mrs. Charles Michael 

Ledbetter, R. K. 

Ledbetter, Mrs. R. K. 

Ledford, Leroy 

Ledford, Mrs. Leroy 

Ledford, Mrs. R. H. 

Lee, M. Joyce 

Lee, 0. E. 

Lee, Mrs. O. E. 

Lee, Odus E., Jr. 

Lee, Mrs. Odus E., Jr. 

Lee, Nina Jane 

Lee, Robert Wesley 

Lee, Thomas P. 

Lee, John Drury II 

Leftwich, J. C. 

Lehman, Reverend J. Edward 

Lehman, Mrs. J. Edward 

Leigh, Eli 

Leinweber, Mrs. Alvin 

Leinweber, Mary Katrina 

Leinweber, Paula 

Lemberger, Mrs. Richard 

Lemons, John Harold 

Lemons, Mrs. John Harold 

Lewis, Mrs. Andrew 

Lewis, Mrs. Feastur 

Lewis, Mrs. Robert Gardner 

Lide, Henry 

Lide, Mrs. Henry 

Limerick, Paul 

Limerick, Mrs. Paul 

Limerick, Paul Douglas 

Limerick, Danny Thomas 

Lineberger, Mrs. Wm M. Ill 

Litton, Dr. Robert 

Litton, Mrs. Robert 

Litton, Lura Adeline 

Logan, G. R. 

Logan, J. R. 



Logan, Mrs. J. R. 
Lovelace, Mrs. Faye 
Lovelace, Grady B. 
Lovelace, Mrs. Grady B. 
Lovelace, Mrs. Grady H. 
Lowe, John M. 
Lowe, Mrs. John M. 
Lowery, Mrs. ONie 
Lowery, William B. 
Lowery, Mrs. William B. 
Lowrance, C. E. 
Lowrance, Mrs. C. E. 
Lowrance, Miss Doris 
Lucas, Miss Frances 
Lucas, J. Claude 
Lucas, Mrs. J. Claude 
Lucas, Morris 
Lucas, Mrs. Morris 
Lucas, Nancy Elaine 
Lucas, Walker Lee 
Luckadoo, Clevie C. 
Luckadoo, Mrs. Clevie C. 
Luckadoo, David Gene 
Luckadoo, Wesley McKinley 
Luckadoo, Clevie C, Jr. 
Lutz, J. Ray 
Lutz, Mrs. J. Ray 
Lutz, Lloyd 
Lutz, Mrs. Lloyd 
Lutz, Ray Webb 
Lutz, Mrs. Ray Webb 
Lutz, Robert 
Lutz, Mrs. Robert 
Lutz, Robert II 
Lutz, Sara Lillyan 
Lutz, Betsy Jane 
Lutz, William D. 
Lutz, Mrs. William D. 
McArthur, John 
McArthur, Mrs. John 
McArthur, Miss Mildred 
McBrayer, Miss Agnes 
McBrayer, Miss Ruby 
McBrayer, Miss Bessie 
McBrayer, Charles R. 
McBrayer, Mrs. Charles R. 
McBrayer, Reuben 
McBrayer, Mrs. Elisha 
McBrayer, Frederick 
McBrayer, Mrs. Frederick 
McBrayer, Phillip Davis 
McBrayer, Patricia Lynn 
McCarver, James Thomas 
McCarver, Mrs. James Thomas 
McCleney, Richard 
McCleney, Mrs. Richard 
McCleney, Dickie Anne 
McCleney, Cathy Sue 
McCraw. Lloyd Keith 
McCraw, Mrs. Lloyd Keith 
McCraw, Lloyd Keith, Jr. 
McCurry, Mrs. Ed 



McCurry, J. H. 
McCurry, Mrs. J. H. 
McCurry, Mrs. W. S. 
McDaniel, Mrs. B. C. 
McDaniel, Marvin 
McDaniel, Mrs. Marvin 
McDaniel, Mike Steve 
McDaniel, Chris Bernard 
McGraw, W. C. 
McGraw, Mrs. W. C. 
AAcGraw, John Barry 
Mclntyre, Mrs. Hattie 
Mclntyre, Mrs. James 
Mclntyre, Newman 
Mclntyre, Mrs. Newman 
Mclntyre, Thomas L. 
Mclntyre, Mrs. Thomas L. 
Mclntyre, Kimberly Lynn 
Mclntyre, Dana Grey 
McKee, Roger 
McKee, Mrs. Roger 
McKee, Roger, Jr. 
McKinney, Charles Austin 
McKinney, Mrs. Charles Austin 
McKinney, Mrs. E. E. 
McKinney, Mrs. E. F. 
McMurry, Dr. Avery W. 
McMurry, Mrs. Avery W. 
McMurry, Warren Winslow 
McMurry, Harris Ligon 
McMurry, David Willis 
McMurry, Carol Avery 
McMurry, C. C, Jr. 
McMurry, Mrs. C. C, Jr. 
McMurry, John E. 
McMurry, Robert 
McMurry, Mrs. Robert 
McMurry, Susan Bernice 
McMurry, Robert Alex 
McMurry, Willis 
McMurry, Mrs. Willis 
McSwain, Capt. (Chap.) Don 
McSwain, Mrs. Don 
McSwain, David 
McSwain, Mrs. H. K. 
McSwain, Mrs. Nell C. 
McSwain, David 
McSwain, Victoria Jane 
McSwain, Mrs. Plato 
McSwain, Roy 
McSwain, Mrs. Roy 
McSwain, Mrs. Yates 
McWhirter, Dr. Blake Mills 
McWhirter, Mrs. Blake M. 
McWhirter, Dorothy Ann 
McWhirter, Joe N. 
McWhirter, Mrs. Joe N. 
Mabry, Mrs. Claude J., Jr. 
Macomson, Mary Rebecca 
Magness, Mrs. George 
Magness, Charles Lee, Jr. 
Magness, George Lee 



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Magness, Mrs. George Lee 
Magness, James 
Magness, Mrs. James 
Magness, Margaret 
Malone, Dr. (Rev.) Frank H. 
Malone, Mrs. Frank H. 
Martin, Carl Gold 
Martin, Mrs. Carl Gold 
Martin, Michael Wayne 
AAartin, Timothy Clark 
Martin, Gold Mallory 
Martin, Charles R. 
Martin, Mrs. Charles R. 
Martin, Susan 
Martin, Stanley 
Martin, Sandra Nell 
Martin, Mrs. Randolph 
Martin, Conrad 
Mason, Mrs. Dan D. 
Mattero, James A. 
Mattero, Mrs. James A. 
Mattero, Vivian Lorraine 
Mattero, Carol Mae 
Mauney, Clyde 
Mauney, Floyd R. 
Mauney, Mrs. Floyd R. 
Mauney, Hugh 
Mauney, Mrs. Hugh 
Mauney, Jeri Anne 
Mauney, James P. 
Mauney, Mrs. James P. 
Mauney, Mrs. Nelson 
Mauney, Mrs. R. Grady 
Mauney, Mrs. Zeb 
Meacham, Earl 
Meacham, Mrs. Earl 
Meacham, Otis Mull 
Meetze, Joseph B. 
Megginson, L. P. 
Megginson, Mrs. L. P. 
Melton, William B. 
Melton, Mrs. Wililam B. 
Mercier, Ronald R. 
Mercier, Mrs. Ronald R. 
Merritt, Mrs. Dorsey 
Merritt, Gail Elizabeth 
Merritt, Edward Dorsey 
Metcalf, Mrs. W. V. 
Miller, Mrs. William 
Miller, William Perry 
Miller, Allen Lynn 
Milligan, Mrs. Lynda Eskridge 
Mills, Mrs. Sam S. 
Mincey, Harvey 
Mincey, Mrs. Harvey 
Mincey, Harry 
Mincey, Charlotte Frances 
Mintz, Rush Shull 
Mintz, Mrs. Rush Shull 
Mintz, Ronald Lee 



Mintz, Robin 
Misenheimer, J. R. 
Misenheimer, Mrs. J. R. 
Mitchell, Dr. Z. P. 
Mitchell, Mrs. Z. P. 
Mode, Mrs. John 
Monroe, Mrs. Ellis P. 
Mooney, W. L. 
Mooney, Mrs. W. L. 
Moore, Dr. D. F. 
Moore, Mrs. J. Clyde 
Moore, Joe L. 
Moore, Mrs. Joe L. 
Moore, Marshall, Jr. 
Moore, Mrs. Marshall, Jr. 
Moore, Franklin Shaw 
Moore, Miss Mary 
Moore, Tom 
Moore, Mrs. Tom 
Moorhead, Fred W. 
Moorhead, Mrs. Fred W. 
Morehead, Miss Inez 
Morehead, Miss Lorene 
Morgcn, Mrs. A. H. 
Morgan, Mrs. Gerald 
Morgan, Charles Henry, Jr. 
Morgan, O. Z. 
Morgan, Mrs. O. Z. 
Morgan, Roscoe H., Sr. 
Morgan, Mrs. Roscoe H., Sr. 
Morgan, Milton Earle 
Morrison, Dr. D. M. 
Morrison, Mrs. D. M. 
Morrow, Mrs. Reid E. 
Morrow, Keith 
Moses, Ettalie 
Moss, A. L. 
Moss, Mrs. A. L. 
Moss, Arthur L., Jr. 
Moss, Mrs. Arthur L., Jr. 
Moss, Miss Addie 
Moss, Mrs. Carl W. 
Moss, Keith 
Mull, Carr 
Mull, Mrs. Carr 
Mull, Mrs. Fred 
Mull, Joe F. 
Mull, Mrs. Joe F. 
Mull, Mrs. John P. 
Mull, John P., Jr. 
Mull, Peggy Ann 
Mull, Amelia Grace 
Mull, Rush Isaac, Jr. 
Mundy, Ruth 
Muraoka, Veronica 
Myers, Jean Ann 
Neal, James Irvin 
Neal, Mrs. James Irvin 
Neal, Lenora Anne 
Neal, Suson Melanie 



Newmcn, Mrs. Carl 
Newman, H. L. 
Newton, Mrs. F. M. 
Newton, J. Clint, Jr. 
Newton, Mrs. J. Clint, Jr. 
Newton, John Clinton III 
Newton, Charlotte Ansley 
Newton, Robert 
Newton, Mrs. J. C. 
Newton, Mrs. Roy 
Nix, Lucile 
Nolan, Mrs. A. V. 
Nolan, C. Sidney 
Nolan, Mrs. C. Sidney 
Nolan, Clyde 
Nolan, Mrs. Clyde 
Nolan, Clyde, Jr. 
Nolan, Ed 
Nolan, Mrs. Ed 
Nolan, Edward Beam, Jr. 
Nolan, Lee 
Nolan, Mrs. Lee 
Nolan, Charles 
Norman, Sara Lee 
Olsen, Mrs. H. E. 
Osborne, W. Gerald 
Osborne, Mrs. W. Gerald 
Owen, Penry 
Owen, Mrs. Penry 
Packard, Fields O. 
Packard, Mrs. Fields O. 
Padgett, Dr. Charles K. 
Padgett, Oscar, Jr. 
Padgett, Mrs. Oscar, Jr. 
Padgett, James Harrill 
Padgett, Samuel K. 
Page, Kenneth R. 
Page, Mrs. Kenneth R. 
Paksoy, Mrs. Ali B. 
Paksoy, Ali B. 
Paksoy, Jayne Nicole 
Paksoy, John Enis 
Panther, Fred M. 
Panther, Mrs. Fred M. 
Panther, J B. 
Panther, Mrs. J. B. 
Panther, Katherine 
Panther, Mrs. J. O. 
Parris, Mrs. Stewart 
Pate, Mrs. W. U. 
Patrick, Norman 
Patrick, Mrs. Norman 
Patterson, C. C. 
Pearce, William E. 
Pearson, Karen 
Pearson, Teresa Jayne 
Pendleton, W. G. 
Pendleton, Mrs. W. G. 
Pendleton, Mary Beatrice 
Pendleton, Miss Billiee G. 



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Pennington, Mrs. E. M. 

Pernell, W. A. 

Pernell, Mrs. W. A. 

Pernell, Clifton Wade 

Pernell, Van Alton 

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lifer, Robert L. 

lifer, Mrs. Robert L. 

lifer, Margaret Debra 

lifer, Robert Dale 

lifer, Patrick Lee 

lilbeck, Keith 

lilbeck, Mrs. Keith 

lilbeck, Dean 

lillips, Mrs. A. W. 

ullips, Mrs. L. R. 

ullips, Mary Ann 
Plank, Barbara 
Plaster, Dr. H. S. 
Plaster, Mrs. H. S. 
Poe, Donna Charlene 
Poston, Ben L. 
Poston, Mrs. Ben L. 
Poston, C. G. 
Poston, Mrs. C. G. 
Poston, David Edward 
Poston, (Reverend) Carl 
Poston, Mrs. Carl 
Poston, David Theron 
Poston, Barbara 
Poston, Mrs. Minnie 
Powell, A. A. 
Powell, Mrs. A. A. 
Price, Elmer 
Price, Mrs. Elmer 
Price, James 
Price, Mrs. James 
Price, Thomas Fredrick 
Price, Richard Michael 
Price, Mrs. Roy 
Proctor, Fate 
Proctor, Mrs. Fate 
Propst, Mrs. J. 0. 
Propst, Rev. R. Albert 
Propst, Mrs. R. Albert 
Propst, Deborah Lee 
Propst, Mrs. Roy 
Psilopoulos, Dino 
Putnam, Mrs. Carolyn $ 
Putnam, Wayne 
Putnam, Jean 
Putnam, Clyde G. 
Putnam, Mrs. Clyde G. 
Putnam, Frank Y. 
Putnam, Mrs. Frank Y. 
Putnam, Michael David 
Putnam, Stephen Young 
Putnam, Mrs. M. Carl 
Putnam, Ralph 
Putnam, Mrs. Ralph 
Queen, John E. 



Queen, Mrs. John E. 
Queen, Kathryn Lee 
Queen, Will L. 
Queen, Mrs. Will L. 
Quinn, Mrs. Dewitt 
Rabon, R. R. 

Raduly, Mrs. Ernest Ralph 
Ramsaur, Thomas E. 
Ramsaur, Mrs. Thomas E. 
Ramsey, Harry L. 
Ramsey, Mrs. Harry L. 
Ramsey, Stephen 
Ramsey, Roger Lewis 
Ramsey, Harvey Lee 
Ramsey, T. A. 
Ramsey, Mrs. T. A. 
Ramsey, Suzanne 
Ramsey, James Warren 
Ramsey, Van H. 
Ramsey, Mrs. Van H. 
Randall, Carl 
Randall, Mrs. Carl 
Randall, R. P. 
Rayne, Richard Alfred 
Rayne, Mrs. Richard A. 
Reid, Charles 
Reid, Mrs. Charles 
Reid, Charles C, Jr. 
Reid, John Adams 
Reid, W. J. 
Reid, Mrs. W. J. 
Reynolds, D. V. 
Reynolds, Mrs. D. V. 
Reynolds, Steve 
Ridgeway, Bobby R. 
Ridgeway, Mrs. Bobby R. 
Rippy, Mrs. Frank 
Riviere, Ted A. 
Riviere, Mrs. Ted A. 
Riviere, Ronda Lynn 
Roark, Mrs. Margaret 
Robbs, Mrs. James David 
Roberts, Fred 
Roberts, Mrs. Fred 
Roberts, Gary H. 
Roberts, Mrs. Gary H. 
Roberts, Suzanne Wray 
Roberts, Mrs. Guy 
Roberts, John A. 
Roberts, Mrs. John A. 
Roberts, Mrs. Paul 
Robertson, Charles D. 
Robertson, Mrs. Charles D. 
Robertson, D. 
Robertson, Mrs. D. 
Rogers, Ernest 
Rogers, Mrs. Ernest 
Rogers, Ernest Patrick 
Rogers, Charles 
Rogers, Harvey 



Rogers, Mrs. Harvey 
Rogers, Harvey, Jr. 
Rogers, W. E. 
Rogers, Mrs. W. E. 
Rogers, Debbie 
Rogers, Becky 
Rogers, Anita Carol 
Rollins, Howard 
Rollins, Mrs. Howard 
Ross, Mrs. Claude 
Ross, Claude 0., Jr. 
Ross, Mrs. Claude 0., Jr. 
Royster, Mrs. D. W. 
Royster, David W., Jr. 
Royster, Kathy 
Royster, Margaret McMurry 
Royster, Mary Lynn 
Royster, David Wyeth, III 
Royster, Mrs. Ralph 
Royster, Stephen 
Royster, Mrs. Stephen 
Royster, Stephen S., Ill 
Royster, Susan Sutton 
Royster, Michael Ralph 
Rucker, R. J. 
Rucker, Mrs. R. J. 
Runyans, Mrs. Manley 
Ruppe, Mrs. Earl Kenneth 
Ruppe, Mrs. Roy L. 
Ruppe, Mitchell 
Ruppe, Robin Lucy 
Rush, William G., Jr. 
Rush, Mrs. William G., Jr. 
Rush, Beverly Ann 
Surratt, Mrs. E. C. 
Sauls, Mrs. Harry 
Schenck, Newlin 
Schenck, Mrs. Newlin 
Schenck, Ann Leslie 
Schenck, Mark Benjamin 
Schenck, Hal Emerson 
Seism, Max 
Seism, Mrs. Max 
Seism, Neal 
Seism, Lou Ann 
Seism, Bryant Oliver 
Scoggins, Mrs. Melvin 
Sellers, W. Perry 
Sellers, Evelyn 
Senn, Charles T. 
Senn, Mrs. Charles T. 
Senn, Caroline 
Senn, Catherine 
Shaw, Miss Joe 
Shelton, Alice Patricia 
Sheppard, Dow 
Sheppard, Mrs. Dow 
Sheppard, Mary Ellen 
Sherlin, Alvin M. 
Sherlin, Mrs. Alvin M. 



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Sherman, Stanley Robert 

Sherman, Sandra Leigh 

Sherman, Mrs. Stanley Robert 

Sherman, William Stanley 

Sherman, Stephen Robert 

Sherrill, Frank 

Sherrill, Mrs. Frank 

Sherrill, Patricia 

Sherrill, Suzanne 

Shields, J. Don 

Shields, Mrs. J. Don 

Shields, William Bradford 

Shields, Scott 

Short, L. W. 

Short, Mrs. L. W. 

Short, Dale Albert 

Shytle, Charles 

Shytle, Mrs. Charles 

Shytle, Carl Hugh 

Shytle, Giles 

Shytle, Mrs. Giles 

Sibley, Mrs. Dudley R. 

Silver, Joseph W. 

Silver, Mrs. Joseph W. 

Silver, Joseph Norman 

Sisk, Mrs. Annie 

Sisk, Mrs. Jean 

Sisk, Jerry Donald 

Sisk, Donnis Anita 

Smart, Mrs. W. W. G. 

Mrs. Clarence 

Suzanne 

Donald E. 
Mrs. Donald E. 

E. G. 

Mrs. E. G. 

G. P., Jr. 

Griffin P. 

Mrs. Griffin P. 

Hartwell 

Mrs. Hartwell 

Mrs. J. Carlyle 

Carol Sue 

Lona 

Ned Nolan, Jr. 
ith, Cathy 
Southard, Mrs. C. L. 
Southard, Charles Phillip 
Southard, Kathy Suzanne 
Southard, George M. 
Southard, Mrs. George M. 
Southard, Michael 
Southards, J. H., Jr. 
Spangler, B. F. 
Spongier, Mrs. B. F. 
Spangler, Mrs. Clyde 
Spangler, Dather H. 
Spangler, Mrs. Dather H. 
Spangler, Earl W. 
Spangler, Mrs. Earl W. 
Spangler, Joan Harrill 



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Spangler, Patricia Ann 
Spangler, Ernest Webb, II 
Spangler, Carol Elaine 
Spangler, J. David 
Spangler, Mrs. J. David 
Spongier, Nancy 
Spangler, Richard 
Spangler, David Michael 
Spangler, J. Edwin 
Spangler, Mrs. J. Edwin 
Spangler, Susan Rucker 
Spangler, M. A., Jr. 
Spangler, Mrs. M. A., Jr. 
Spangler, M. A., Ill 
Spangler, Donald Odom 
Spangler, Malcolm 
Spangler, Mrs. Malcolm 
Spangler, William Eugene 
Spangler, Pat 
Spangler, Mrs. Pat 
Spangler, Nancy Lynne 
Spangler, Nina Jane 
Spangler, Jean Patrick 
Spangler, Penny Eloise 
Spangler, Royce Patrick, Jr. 
Spangler, Robert F. 
Spangler, Mrs. Robert F. 
Spangler, Summey 
Spangler, Mrs. Summey 
Sparks, Gerald 
Sparks, Mrs. Gerald 
Sparks, Thomas Edward 
Sparks, Richard Gerald 
Sparks, Mrs. R. E. 
Speagle, Olan R. 
Speagle, Mrs. Olan R. 
Speagle, Lewis Edwin 
Speagle, Sarah Annette 
Spears, James B. 
Spears, Mrs. James B. 
Spears, Sandra 
Spears, James B., Jr. 
Spears, Pamela Jane 
Spears, John Howard 
Spears, Jeffrey Paul 
Spencer, C. L. 
Sperling, Carl 
Sperling, Mrs. Carl 
Sperling, Charles C. 
Sperling, Mrs. Charles C. 
Sperling, Charles Coleman, Jr. 
Sperling, John Jefferson 
Sperling, George Roberts 
Spradley, E. D. 
Spradley, Mrs. E. D. 
Spradley, Scott, Jr. 
Stanley, Hoyt 
Stanley, Mrs. Hoyt 
Stanley, Sandra Kay 
Steadman, Horace 
Steadman, Mrs. Horace 



Steadman, Ned 

Steadman, Sue Elizabeth 

Steadman, Jane Dawn 

Stone, Mrs. I. D. 

Stone, Robert Welch 

Stone, Mrs. Robert Welch 

Stone, Robert W., Jr. 

Stowe, John L. 

Stowe, Mrs. John L. 

Street, Dwight Kenneth, Jr. 

Street, Mrs. Dwight Kenneth, Jr. 

Street, D. Kenneth 

Street, Mrs. D. Kenneth 

Stroup, Mrs. Rush 

Stuart, Oscar 

Stuart, Mrs. Oscar 

Sullens, Mrs. Frank 

Sullens, Larry Gene 

Sullens, Douglas 

Sullivan, Ralph P. 

Sullivan, Mrs. Ralph P. 

Sullivan, Sarah Beth 

Sullivan, Dan 

Sullivan, Jane 

Sullivan, Mary Ann 

Summey, Mrs. S. S. 

Suttle, Mrs. Eugene 

Suttle, Harry 

Suttle, Frances 

Suttle, J. L., Jr. 

Suttle, Mrs. J. L., Jr. 

Suttle, Vance 

Suttle, J. Linton, III 

Suttle, Mrs. J. Linton, III 

Suttle, Mrs. Jap 

Suttle, Mrs. John W. 

Swan, Ned B. 

Swan, Mrs. Ned B. 

Sweezy, Clara 

Sweezy, Douglas 

Sweezy, Mrs. Douglas 

Sweezy, Candance Douglas 

Swift, Fred J. 

Swift, Mrs. Fred J. 

Swift, Charles 

Swift, Susan 

Tate, Hoyle 

Tate, Mrs. Hoyle 

Tate, Vivian 

Tate, Sherwood C. 

Tate, Mrs. Sherwood C. 

Taylor, F. H. 

Taylor, Jesse L. 

Taylor, Mrs. Jesse L. 

Taylor, Lucinda Carol 

Taylor, Jesse Lee, Jr. 

Tedder, T. N. 

Tedder, Mrs. T. N. 

Thompson, Mrs. Jean M. 

Thompson, Mary Sue 

Thompson, Dr. John L. 



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Thorne, Mrs. Charles T. 
Thornton, Mrs. Nina 
Tilt, Kenny 
Tilt, Douglas 
Toms, Mrs. H. L. 
Toms, Mrs. Hugh 
Toms, J. P. 
Toms, Ruth 
Toms, Beth 
Triplett, Hubert 
Triplett, Mrs. Hubert 
Triplett, Carroll 
Triplett, Robert Warren 
Triplett, Larry 
Turner, Ralph 
Tyner, Wade, Jr. 
Tyner, Mrs. Wade, Jr. 
Tyner, David Hampton 
Tyner, Kyle 
VanHoy, Edwin T. 
VanHoy, Mrs. Edwin T. 
VanHoy, Charles 
VcnHoy, Jane 
Vassy, L. K. 
Vassy, Mrs. L. K. 
Vassy, Cynthia Diane 
Vess, Steve 
Vickers, Mrs. R. B. 
Wacaster, John 
Wacaster, Mrs. John 
Waldrop, H. E., Jr. 
Waldrop, Mrs. H. E., Jr. 
Waldrop, Richard Elford 
Waldrop, Robert Kennon 
Walker, Mrs. M. D. 
Wall, Boyd 
Wall, Mrs. Boyd 
Wall, Allen 
Wall, Myron David 
Wall, Glenn 
Wall, Mrs. Glenn 
Wall, Michael Glenn 
Wallace, Max L. 
Wallace, Mrs. Max L. 
Walters, Mrs. Ray E. 
Walters, Ray 
Ware, Mrs. J. S. 
Warrick, E. Scott 
Warrick, Mrs. E. Scott 
Warrick, Vicki Lee 
Warrick, Earl Scott, Jr. 
Washburn, Ed 
Washburn, Mrs. Ed 
Washburn, George 
Washburn, Mrs. George 
Watson, Mrs. Fritz N., Sr. 
Watterson, Gene L. 
Watterson, Mrs. Gene L. 
Watterson, Pamela 
Watterson, Gene 
Weathers, Miss Avie 



Weathers, Mrs. Bynum E. W 

Weathers, Mrs. Lee B. W 

Weathers, Mrs. M. R. W 

Weaver, W. J. W 

Weaver, Mrs. W. J. W 

Weaver, Mildred Sharon W 

Weaver, Grace Robbin W. 

Weaver, Betsy Neil W 

Webb, Cecil W. 

Webb, Mrs. Cecil W 

Webb, Harvey Cecil W 

Webb, Mrs. E. L. W 

Webb, Mrs. Giles W 

Webb, Giles Edgar, Jr. W 

Webb, Mrs. Giles E., Jr. W 

Webb, Giles E., Ill W 

Webb, Jann Gates W 

Webb, Mrs. Mayme Wray W 

Webb, Mrs. Paul W 

Webb, Mrs. Paul, Jr. W 

Webb, Mrs. Ruth Pearce W 

Webb, Mrs. W. H. W 

Wellman, W. T. W 

Wellman, Mrs. W. T. W 

Wellman, Dicky T. W 

Wells, Mrs. J. A. W 

Wells, Aurthine W 

Wells, Lee McBride W 

Wells, Mrs. Lee McBride W 

Wells, David Lee W 
West, James A., Jr. 
West, Mrs. James A., Jr. 
West, Kathryn Lee 
West, Evelyn Jean 
Westbrook, Eunice 
Whatley, Huel A. 
Whatley, Mrs. Huel A. 
Whatley, Huey Albert, Jr. 
Whisnant, John K. 
Whisnant, Mrs. John K. 
White, Mrs. E. E. 
Whitmire, Guy 
Whitmire, Mrs. Guy 
Whitworth, Ted 
Whitworth, W. G. 



Ider, W. B. 

Ider, Mrs. W. B. 

Ider, Glenda Cavell 

Ihelm, Miss Minnie 

Ikins, Jimmy 

Ikins, Mrs. Jimmy 

Ikie, J. L. 

Ikie, Mrs. J. L. 

Iliams, Billy Lee 

lliams, Mrs. B. L. 

Iliams, Mrs. Charles H. 

lliams, James Speed 

Iliams, Mrs. James Speed 

lliams, James Carlyle 

lliams, Mrs. L. P. 

lliams, Mrs. Larry Franklin 



Mis, 
His, 
His, 



lliams, Mary Ann 
lliamson, Mrs. John N. 
Mis, Mrs. D. L. 
D. Paul 
Mrs. D. Paul 
I rvin 

Mrs. Irvin 
Janet Marie 
Donald Paul 
Mrs. Donald Paul 
G. A. 

Mrs. G. A. 
Hackett C. 
Mrs. Hackett C. 
Mrs. Homer 
Jimmy 
Mrs. Jimmy 
Knox 
Mrs. Knox 



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Mrs. 
Paul 
Mrs. 
Miss 
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Mrs. 



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Paul 
Irene 



R. K. 
Kenneth Edward 
Dr. R. L. 
Mrs. R. L. 

shnoff, Maurice, Jr. 

shnoff, Mrs. Maurice, Jr. 
Wood, J. Carver 
Wood, Mrs. J. Carver 
Wood, James 
Wood, Mrs. James 
Woodson, Harry S. 
Wray, Mrs. George 
Wray, Harvey L. 
Wray, Mrs. Harvey L. 
Wray, Edmund Jones 
Wray, Mrs. Vick 
Wray, Kitty 
Wray, Stough A. 
Wray, Mrs. Stough A. 
Wright, Hugh Sylvester 
Wright, Mrs. Hugh Sylvester 
Wright, James 
Wright, Mrs. James 
Wright, Joseph 
Wylie, Paul 
Wylie, Mrs. Paul 
Yarbrough, Miss Ann 
Yarbrough, William F. 
Yarbrough, Mrs. William F. 
Yarbrough, Elizabeth Anne 
Yates, Joe C. 
Yates, Mrs. Joe C. 
Yates, Jo Ann 
Yelton, Dr. John 
Yelton, Mrs. John 
Yelton, Adona Sue 
Yelton, Paris L. 



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Yelton, Mrs. Paris L. Young, Mrs. Ed Young, William Carlos 

Yelton, Robert William Young, Marsha Young, Douglas Bryan 

Yelton, Don Young, G. B. Young, Michael Harrill 

Young, Carlos Young, Mrs. G. B. Young, Nina Judy 

Young, Mrs. Carlos Young, H. Fields, Jr. Young, Eugene Fields 

Young, Carlos L, Jr. Young, Mrs. H. Fields, Jr. Young, Eugenia Lee 

Young, Edna Anne Young, H. Fields, III Young, Lamar Lewis, Jr. 

Young, Kathleen Alice Young, Harriet Ann Young, Mrs. Lamar Lewis, Jr. 

Young, Stephen Lewis Young, Lamar 

Young, Ed Young, Mrs. Lamar 



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